Do you want to combat sexual assault? These easy and fun ideas are great for men (and everyone else.)
What do a few photos, a flip phone, and a Sharpie all have in common? They can combat sexual assault and domestic violence. For real. If you’re between the ages of 13 and 25, here are easy (even fun!) ways to take a stand today.
1. Host a photo shoot.
One in five women will be sexually assaulted during college, which means most people know a survivor without even realizing it. Sexual assault resources help survivors start the healing process, so spread the word on a college campus. Host an impromptu photo shoot at various locations, and ask each “model” to pose with a sign featuring info on supporting services, along with a handwritten message.
2. Donate a crappy cell phone.
One in every four women will experience domestic violence, and a lack of alternative housing often leads women to stay in or return to violent relationships. The obvious solution: Ditch your old cell phone. Programs like Safe Horizon collect old phones, recycle them, and cell them to benefit domestic violence programs. Your old Razr is just gathering dust anyway.
3. Hijack a magazine.
Chances are, the next magazine you read will feature ads that objectify and/or sexualize women. Sex may sell, but it shouldn’t have to. Sign up to spoof an ad that objectifies women and leave it in a public place to disrupt the cycle of consumption.
By Ben Kassoy and Meg Kirby
Meaghan Kirby is a content intern for DoSomething.org and a student at Fairfield University. She’s previously written for Community Solutions and Real Teen Mag. She loves social change often tweets about it @meaghankirby.
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