Stand up to violence – White Ribbon
White Ribbon website offers the following suggestions how to stand up to violence.
Don’t endanger your own safety. Call 000 in an emergency
Speaking up against violence can be tricky and varies depending on the situation.
To show you are against violence, you can:
- Make your concern known.
- “Hey mate, that’s sexist and I don’t think it’s funny.”
- “I think those words are really hurtful.”
- Refrain from laughing when you’re expected to.
- Personalise the violence or injustice. Bring it home.
- “What if that was your sister / daughter / mother?”
- “I hope no one ever talks about you like that.”
- Remind him that she has feelings and rights.
- “Just like your mum or your sister, she has the right to be treated with respect.”
- Ask for an explanation.
- “What are you doing?”
- “What are you saying?”
- Remind him of his ‘best self’.
- “Come on mate, you are better than that.”
- Use your friendship.
- “Hey mate… as your friend I’ve gotta tell you that getting a girl drunk to have sex with her isn’t cool, and could get you in a lot of trouble. Don’t do it.”
- Invite group pressure.
- “I don’t feel good about this. Does anyone else feel uncomfortable too?”
Editors note: Today 5 THE FM will host a White Ribbon Event at the station 31 Railway Tce Millicent with Guest Speaker Senior Sergeant 1st Class Peter Brown from the Millicent Police Station addressing local violence against women.