A charity working to stop violence against women and girls has launched a powerful campaign urging men to take a stand.
Press Red, based in Wythenshawe, urges all men to ‘Break the silence’ and say no if they see abuse, harassment or violence against women and girls.
The organization has released a series of videos showing scenarios that are all too familiar to many – including being harassed on the bus, a man refusing to answer in a pub, and a male colleague acting inappropriately.
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Two of the short films depict an incident of abuse based on survivors’ experiences from real life.
In each video, a male spectator intervenes in the situation to help the victim when one of their friends is violent.
A third clip highlights how people often keep quiet when they see abuse or harassment as they do not want to get involved, or see it as not their problem.
The Break the Silence campaign aims to educate, empower and equip men who want to help in these situations but may not know where to start.
Press Red has launched their campaign to coincide with the UN Women International 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which launches today (November 25).
The shorts are promoted across social media and will be complemented through links with partner organizations and by a unique new course in intervention training developed with the University of Exeter and approved by Public Health England.
Press Red is a charity that educates, equips and strengthens the issues of violence against women and girls.
Since its founding in 2016, it has educated more than 3,000 people about violence and abuse.
Lily Newman is a shop steward on the board of Press Red. Her cousin Ziggi was murdered by her ex-partner.
She said: “This campaign and Press Red’s work are of profound importance to me – 21 years ago my 19-year-old cousin Ziggi was murdered at the hands of his ex-partner; it was a devastating tragedy that our family struggled to overcome. in accordance with.
“Yet here in 2021 we are witnessing tragedies such as the assassination of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa, which raises the question of how we can create the conditions for women to exercise their fundamental right to feel safe in their daily lives.”
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Rosemary Hack, director of Press Red, said: “Sexual violence is not just a woman’s problem. Sexual violence is a global problem that affects us all.
“We need to take note of this and work together to stop gender-based violence against women and girls. That’s why we’ve launched #BreakTheSilence.
“This campaign calls on all of us to speak out and intervene when we see someone being abused or harassed. It is time that we all commit to stopping violence against women and girls.
“Our message to men everywhere is that breaking the silence starts with you. Help take a stand.”