and are you unconsciously reinforcing it?
Blaming the victim (“She asked for it!”).
Trivialising sexual assault (“Boys will be boys!”).
Sexually explicit jokes.
Tolerance of sexual harassment.
Inflating false rape report statistics.
Publicly scrutinising a victim’s dress, mental state, motives, and sexual history.
Slut shaming comments from both men and women.
Gratuitous gendered violence in movies and television.
Defining “manhood” as dominant and sexually aggressive.
Defining “womanhood” as submissive and sexually passive.
Pressure on men to “score”.
Categorising women who resist male sexual advances as “frigid” or “cold”.
Assuming only promiscuous women get raped.
Assuming that men don’t get raped or that only “weak” men get raped.
Refusing to take rape accusations seriously.
Teaching women to avoid getting raped instead of teaching men not to rape.
Avoid using language that objectifies or degrades women.
Speak out if you hear someone else making an offensive joke or trivialising rape.
If a friend says they’ve been raped, take them seriously and be supportive.
Think critically about the media’s messages concerning women, men, relationships, and violence.
Be respectful of others’ physical space even in casual situations.
Always communicate with sexual partners and do not assume consent.
Define your own manhood or womanhood. Don't let stereotypes shape your actions.
Get involved! Join a student or community group working to end sexual assault.