Teen Corner – Make A Difference
Everyone can help end sexual violence and dating violence within their own community. Sometimes it is the little things that make the biggest difference. Simply by standing up and speaking out against sexual violence you are making a difference.
Spread the word to your friends! Start a club at your school and get them involved in ending the violence. It starts, with how a community responds and reacts to sexual assault and dating violence, and how that community reacts to jokes, stories, television shows, celebrities, and movies that promote sexual violence and make light of sexual assault.
Here are just a few things you can do to make the difference!
- If you hear a friend making a joke about sexual violence or dating violence, don’t laugh. The change can seem small at first but if your friends see that you won’t stand for inappropriate jokes about sexual violence, they too will join you and spread the word.
- If a favorite actor or actress is disrespectful and promotes sexual and or dating violence or glamorizes sexual assault in movies or television shows, take a stand and don’t see these movies or watch these shows. When a friend asks you why not, explain it to them and see if they too, join you in making the difference and taking a stand.
- If a favorite musical artist or group promotes any type of violence, in particular sexual or dating violence in their lyrics and with their music videos, don’t listen or watch it. Decide to take the stand and not listen to the artist/group or their work.
- Write a letter to your local legislators. Let them know that sexual and dating violence will not be tolerated in your community and you want to see a change.
- Start an after school club with other peers that want to make a difference and end sexual violence and dating violence.
More and more people are joining us in making a difference and ending dating and sexual violence.
Click here to see some examples, from Jackson Katz, who co-founded the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program at Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society