Teach young men how not to harass
By Thunderworld Staff
New light is being shed on issues of consent. With people everywhere coming forward and sharing their stories of being taken advantage of, it's a sad conversation that finally is being given the platform it deserves.
From catcalls on the street and inappropriate sexual advances at work, to sexual abuse allegations, issues with consent have long since been a covered-up but horrible truth.
Recently there has been sexual misconduct from politicians, like Roy Moore allegedly initiating sexual contact with minors; film producers like Harvey Weinstein with a long rap sheet of sexual harassment and assaults on women; and Steve Wynne, who formally resigned as finance chair of the Republican National Committee. The issue is, guys everywhere facing these allegations often go unpunished.
In the case of Moore, people defended him despite numerous supported claims; he actually won 49 percent of vote for Alabama. In one video on the matter of his sexual misconduct, a woman said that both he and the nine victims had equal faults in the mistake, even the 14-year-olds.
Some people are fed up with this.
There are movements, petitions, and protests happening all over the world in both the real world and over social media. From the Me Too Survivors' March, to the Time's up movement, people everywhere are standing up to voice their anger against how we as a society respond to allegations of sexual assault.
During the Grammys on Sunday artists, performers, and award presenters could be seen sporting white roses on their lapel, in their support of the Time's up movement. This movement started the beginning of this year in response to the claims made on Harvey Weinstein.
Movements like these are showing us all where the line needs to be drawn, and studies are showing when the line should be drawn. Apparently, that should be no later than elementary school.
Teaching kids from a young age, even as early as elementary school, on what sexual harassment looks like and how to respond to it, actually reduces the number cases seen of sexual misconduct, according to the coalition against sexual assault.
In Kenya, there are programs teaching young boys to defend girls from sexual assault, and it's been effective. Of the young male participants 78 percent were successful in intervening against verbal harassment; 75 percent for physical threat; and 74 percent for sexual or physical assaults, according to the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
The evidence is there, this is something that has worked in Kenya- why aren't we implementing it here?