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Have you ever known anyone who has been affected by sexual assault? Do you wonder what you can do to help? There are many campaigns for men and women to participate in to become allies of people who have faced the trauma of sexual assault.
Take Back the Night:
This is an opportunity where men and women get together to raise awareness on sexual assault. It is a night of expression with vigils and a walk to allow people to recognize what has happened to many women within our community and all over the world.
To learn more please visit:http://nlsacpc.com/Take-Back-the-Night.htm
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes:
This is an International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence. Walk a mile in her shoes does not only promote sexual assault awareness but also promotes gender equality. This is an annual event that takes place in many communities across the world. This event asks males to walk in high heels to show their support for what women get put through on a daily basis and to get the conversation going about violence against women. For more information you can contact: ® http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org/ or http://www.whiteribbon.ca/walkamile/
Don’t be That Guy:
This is a campaign that shifts the emphasis to men to take responsibility for their behaviour. Studies involving 18-25 year old men revealed that 48 per cent of the men did not consider it rape if a woman is too drunk to know what is going on. Don’t Be That Guy is intended to address alcohol-facilitated sexual assault without victim-blaming. The campaign developed slogans such as “just because she’s not saying no, doesn’t mean she’s saying yes” which express the idea that the only time someone is consenting to sex is when they are saying yes.
Read more at: http://www.theviolencestopshere.ca/dbtg.php
Draw the Line:
This Ontario based, campaign is an interactive campaign that aims to engage Ontarians in a dialogue about sexual violence. The campaign challenges common myths about sexual violence and equips bystanders with information on how to intervene safely and effectively. It is our hope that ‘Draw the Line’ will educate Ontarians on how to spot sexual violence and empower them to make a difference. One in three Canadian women will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. It is time for Ontario to draw the line. We must work together to make our communities safer. If you would like to read more on the “Draw the Line” campaign: