With the #metoo movement, unacceptable behavior that some might once have swept under the rug is coming to light. It is no longer acceptable and many are wondering what to do about it. Do you have a model that’s beneficial for everyone, that goes beyond running someone out of town, using violence, or jail time?
On a minor level, what have you done when a man you know transgressed boundaries within the gray area: making women feel uncomfortable through sexist talk, putting an arm around a woman’s waist which seemed to graze the top of her butt, gave hugs that lingered too long? Or what about those who push for phone numbers, go in for kisses when they might not be invited? The men are clearly not perpetrators, but they do make women feel less free and safe around them. How have you handled that in a way others could use as a model?
Deeper than that, what about perpetrators, people who have consciously or unconsciously violated a sexual boundary? How can communities work together to support survivors and hold perpetrators accountable – both when the legal system does and doesn’t work? Should a community take matters into their own hands? Create a council of sorts? Have your plans considered understanding behavior to prevent repeat violations? Repairing with the survivor?
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