A Safer World Starts Here

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Confronting abuse is not a partisan issue – everyone should be part of the solution. The election focused national attention on sexual harassment and assault in unexpected and painful ways. Many responded by speaking out and sharing personal experiences of victimization. Others navigated challenging conversations with children or with friends and neighbors. Still others are struggling to manage fear and uncertainty.

The approaching Thanksgiving holiday brings with it mixed emotions – gratefulness for the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends and, perhaps, concern about conversations that the election may elicit at the dinner table.

We who share a commitment to creating a safer world need to continue to take action, large and small, to address the root causes of abuse and to promote healthy, respectful relationships. If you find yourself in a challenging conversation this week, here are three actions you can take:

  1. Remember that 1 in 3 individuals has experienced some form of victimization, though many are cautious about sharing their stories. If the topic comes up, say something affirming: “I think it takes a lot of courage to confront someone who is abusive.”
  2. Sexual harassment often starts early and many kids aren’t sure what to do about it, other than to pretend it doesn’t bother them. Check out the Make Schools Safer Toolkit for tips and ideas about things you can do.
  3. Brush up on your bystander intervention skills with this helpful guide from the NO MORE Campaign.

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