“Don’t Be That Guy” Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign

There are unfortunately few projects that aim to raise awareness among men around their role in sexual assault. I just found out about the “Don’t Be That Guy” Campaign in Ottawa and I’m really happy to see it. It launched in May and its aim is to help young men change how they view sexual assault. From the Facebook page:

The posters take a refreshing and new approach to tackling sexual violence among youth aged 19 to 25. Instead of placing responsibility for preventing sexual assault in the hands of victims, the posters appeal to potential offenders—speaking directly to them in their language. The posters can be displayed in bars as well as other places where young people gather

Go and like them on Facebook and help get the word out.

4 Responses so far.

  1. Kayla says:

    We have posters like this (not this program, but other potential offenders are the subject), and they are posted on all of the college buses around town. It makes me happy to see more prevention being done.

  2. Hannafate says:

    Sadly, there are women who can only allow themselves to have sex if they “get taken advantage of”, and (maybe not consciously) put themselves in these situations.

    They are like land mines to younger guys who are still finding their way in the sexual world.

    These posters seem like fair warning. SHE’S A NUT JOB! DON’T PUT YOUR DICK IN HER! would be more accurate, though.

    (Not saying that everyone who miscalculates her alcohol intake is a neurotic, of course.)

  3. Charlie says:

    @Hannafate True- for a variety of reasons. In my experience, it’s often the result of internalized slut-shaming. Since wanting to have sex means “she’s a slut,” having it when under the influence of drugs/alcohol mitigates their sense of self-blame at the cost of increased risk. Similarly, some women won’t carry condoms since “only sluts carry condoms”, which means they are more likely to have unprotected sex and increased chance of STI transmission and unplanned pregnancy. The costs of slut-shaming are pretty high.

    And yes, sometimes, that can also result in big drama and craziness. I’m not excusing it, but I hesitate to call someone a nut job or a neurotic, given that most people are struggling to manage cognitive dissonance around something, and that one is pretty deep and pervasive.

  4. Hannafate says:

    Yes. I was speaking from personal experience with the very same issues. I WAS that nutjob.

    So, while a guy might feel pretty chuffed about “getting some” in such a situation, he should know he’s only perpetuating the problem. It’s a head game men and women play together.

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