Saturday, January 9, 2010

Public service announcement from AWARE: "It's your space!"

(AWARE ZoCard, circa 2002.)
It's your space!

Public contact cannot be avoided but sometimes you may feel someone has come too close and made you angry, or upset you by saying something about your body or touching you without permission. It's a criminal act that only you can stop.

[On the back of the card] If you have been a victim of sexual harassment, or you know someone who may be a victim, we're here to help. You have the right to say no. Call us at 1800 774 5935. [Phone number still functional.]
It's 2010! It's real shitty that any of this has to be repeated at all, or even ever to begin with.

1 comment:

  1. Schrodinger's Rapist is an excellent piece. Sexual harassment is an extension of the sense of entitlement some men feel towards female bodies, and it's sad that in this day and age there are those who think that responses of fear and shock to assaults are "overreactions" to "compliments".

    As you said: It's 2010, and it's shitty that this still has to be said.


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