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you can prevent gender-based violence when you:
You are the solution when you talk about gender-based violence and take a stand against it.
Call out others when they make or laugh at sexist jokes;
Acknowledge that discriminatory behavior and language are connected to gender-based violence; and
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.
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