An invitation to stand in black
Sexual harassment, abuse and violence ends here. The time has come for those causing sexual harm to be held to account. Whether that harm is perpetrated in a boardroom, a back alley or a bedroom, it ends now.
How can you help?
This Thursday 8th March is International Women’s Day and we’re asking New Zealanders to wear black in solidarity against sexual harassment, sexual abuse and sexual violence.
Wear black – it’s as simple as that. And, if you’re in a position to, upload a picture on social media of yourself wearing black using #togetherinblack
You can also show your support by using our Facebook photo frame
Why now? And what more can we all do?
Global movements such as #metoo and #timesup mean there has never been a better or more important time for New Zealanders to stand together against sexual violence by:
- treating each other with respect – get clear about consent, don’t guess the yes http://www.stuff.co.nz/video/99763390/Police-launch-sexual-consent-campaign-as-Wellingtons-festive-season-ramps-up
- speaking up about unacceptable behaviour – directed to you or to others. Be that independent witness.
- supporting people who have been harmed – so they are not alone, to assist them to speak up, to take action, and to keep their jobs. http://helpauckland.org.nz/get-info/being-supportive
- supporting people who have caused harm – to take responsibility, and to seek help. https://www.safenetwork.org.nz/
We’re using International Women’s Day to highlight the need for Government to make changes to the criminal justice system for sexual offending. We’re asking the government to smooth the routes to accountability by:
- Revisiting the 2012 Law Commission Issues Paper ‘Alternative pre-trial and trial processes: possible reforms’ http://www.lawcom.govt.nz/our-projects/alternative-models-prosecuting-and-trying-criminal-cases. Read why here
- Moving beyond mediation in response to sexual harassment. Any response must take into account the differences in gender and institutional power that breed sexual harassment
- Encouraging employers to take responsibility for providing a safe environment, rather than evading liability
- Funding sufficient community treatment so that it is available for those who harm and those who are harmed – where and when it is needed.
You can read more about this here.