Use your power

 

When we examine our world today, it’s clear that we’re living with some pretty messed up realities.

We live in a world where women are called “sluts,” “bitches,” and “whores.” We live in a world where people are pressured into having sex when they don’t want to. We live in a world where rape is the punchline of many jokes. We live in a world where sexual violence is another tool in hate crimes around sexual orientation, gender identity, or race.

We live in a world where sexual violence is an everyday occurrence.

Why are we okay with this?

Accepting things the way they are is a choice. We have the power to demand better of ourselves and our world.

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We have dedicated much of this site to emphasizing that sexual violence is about power and control. Now, we want to discuss a different kind of power: the power we all have to make a positive change regarding sexual violence. So how do we create change, and use our power for good? Check out th

is positive change to-do list:

  • View consent as a positive thing.
  • Discuss these issues with friends and family.
  • Be supportive when people talk about their relationships.
  • Learn about organizations (eg., Hollaback AB) in your own community that are fighting against sexual violence
  • Treat people with respect and equality.
  • Know your own attitudes around gender, healthy sex, and sexual violence and challenge yourself to grow.
  • Learn about what privilege is and how it contributes to sexual violence.
  • Don’t laugh at rape jokes. If you feel comfortable, explain why these are problematic.
  • Check in with your partner.
  • Familiarize yourself with other resources; you are not in this alone.

Consent truly is the root of not only sex, but all positive social interactions. We hope you find this to-do list helpful and join us in our goal to create change with this issue.