3 Simple but powerful things we can do

1. Get beyond the daft myths

We need to challenge the cynical or uninformed excuse that sexism, domestic abuse and coercive control are out of character, or just happens with a few drinks, or that ‘lads will be lads’ – or that the abuse was provoked. These dangerous myths only deepen the culture of violence and allow men to hurt and harm without consequence.

2. Challenge in the moment

If the men who show disrespect, sexism or stereotyping of girls and women aren’t challenged at the time, this toxic culture harms lives and can begin to feel normal to younger boys or impressionable men. So, let’s speak out and tell our friends, family and colleagues that it’s not true, it’s not cool to excuse – it’s demeaning and dangerous.

3. Organise one big thing

For instance, organise one event or day or gathering on the subject in your college, work, school, sports club or local centre. Invite a speaker or ask Safe Ireland for information on our campaigns. Show the partners, sisters, daughters, mothers and females in your life that most men and boys reject gender inequality and coercive control. That you will support them when it’s needed.

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