You can make a difference. Your actions can help promote respectful relationships and prevent violence. Remember, most men are pretty good guys – they don’t use violence, and don’t want other men disrespecting women. So, when you talk about this more, it’ll influence other guys to be more respectful towards women.
Here are some ways you can back up other men’s respectful behaviour:
Showing that you respect women, especially when you’re alone with your mates. Use respectful, appreciative words when talking about women. This shows it’s OK to be respectful.
Get in behind other men who show respect for women, or who challenge other men’s bad behaviour. Say things like, “Yeah, you’re right”, instead of staying silent.
Step in when another man makes disrespectful comments, so he knows he’s out of line. Say, “Come on, mate, you’re better than that”, “Bro, not cool” or “He mana wahine ehoa”.
Learn safe ways to stop any harassment or violence you see against a woman in the Step Up Stop Violence toolbox.
Do these things and you’ll help stop violence, while encouraging other men be more respectful. That’s the right thing to do and helps you be the guy you want to be.
Get more info about safe ways in the Step Up Stop Violence Toolbox.