Power of Respect
Respect Yourself, Respect Others, Respect Boundaries
Prevent Sexual Violence and Relationship Violence
All people have a right to be respected. People who commit violence take away that right. It can impact a person’s trust and feeling of safety which may affect their ability to learn, work, or go about their daily lives.
Power & Control
People commit sexual violence and/or relationship violence for several reasons:
- To have power over another person
- To control another person
- To use another person for sex (where sex is used as a weapon in an act of violence)
Utilizing power and control over someone like this can cause fear, harm, and alarm towards one's safety. We also live in a culture that often allows sexual violence to occur. This is rape culture. Things that make rape culture possible include:
- Social inequality
- Normalizing violence (TV, video games, etc.)
- Myths about sexual violence
- Blaming victims
- Silence about these issues
See the Rape Culture Pyramid.
All of these things give people who perpetrate sexual violence societal permission to engage in this behavior.
To prevent sexual violence and relationship violence we have to change the culture. Focusing on how to respect yourself, respect others, and respect boundaries is a start to ending sexual violence and relationship violence. Effective prevention strategies make the connection between all forms of oppression (including racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, adultism, ageism, and others). They talk about how these things create a rape culture, allow inequality to thrive, and make violence seem normal.
You can make small changes to help change the culture. Some ideas are:
- Build healthy and supportive relationships
- Speak up when you hear harmful comments or witness harmful behavior
- Create supportive policies in workplaces and schools
Education & Action
To end sexual violence and relationship violence, learn more about the topics below and how to engage in healthy behaviors around these issues:
- Comprehensive Sex Education
- Consent & Healthy Relationships
- Personal Boundaries & Empowerment
- Bystander Intervention
- Healthy Masculinity
- Gender Equity