The only person responsible for committing sexual assault is a perpetrator, but we all know that sexual violence is a cultural problem.
Sexual assault and harassment are so pervasive that everyone has witnessed or experienced these crimes. Sexual violence has become normalized in our culture because, too often, witnesses stay silent and do nothing to intervene.
Yet, all of us have the power to change cultural norms and look out for each other’s safety.
So, why don’t more people DO SOMETHING when they SEE SOMETHING?
It’s not always easy to step in, even if you know it’s the right thing to do. The most common reasons good people do nothing to help a victim is that they don’t know what to do or what to say, or they assume that someone else will help.
That’s where we come in! Through our Illinois-based nonprofit, we are teaching all the good people of the world how to recognize sexual violence and intervene to prevent it.
We work especially hard to engage men in our training programs.
Men have a profound influence over one another, so we need good, courageous men in our community to lead by example. Never disregard, excuse, or remain silent about any violence, particularly against women and girls.
Whether it’s giving someone a safe ride home from a party or directly confronting a person who is engaging in threatening behavior, you can help prevent sexual violence.
It’s on ALL of us.
When you choose to speak up and step in, you will change the way others around you think about and respond to sexual violence.