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Ending gender-based violence will take a wide range of efforts that will include, community-wide strategies, changes in policy, and changes in the way society views and addresses these acts of violence. It can be overwhelming to consider such broad change, however, change begins within each individual.


You can start to change your world when you begin to address unhealthy behaviors in your own life and those you are closest with.


You can begin that culture change when you begin to talk about gender-based violence and take a stand against it.


  • Call out others when they make or laugh at sexist jokes;



  • Spread the message throughout your community that sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence is never okay.












Keep learning about gender-based violence, bring the problem up in conversations and challenge values that create unhealthy behaviors.


You can lead the change.


Each community has its own culture defined by a set of values, belief systems and behaviors.  Consider examining the culture of your community to establish which values, beliefs and behaviors create space and tolerance for someone to commit sexual violence, and which ones prevent it.  We can determine that our community will not tolerate sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of gender-based violence.  We can choose to celebrate respect, equality, civility, healthy relationships and healthy sexuality, and make gender-based violence prevention the norm in our community.  To find out more about coming together as a community to prevent gender-based violence click here. And to read more about risk and protective factors of sexual violence here.


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