Imagine a world where everyone can walk proudly and safely down any street.

A world where public spaces are about celebration and community. In this world, everyone gets where they need to go. In this world, all people feel safe, respected, and able to be their best selves.

We can help build this world by making sexual harassment unacceptable. 

Pretty much every woman in the U.S. has faced some sort of public sexual harassment.

Trans* people, too, to be sure. And some men. No one is immune. At bars or parties, on the bus or the street, from crude gestures to unwelcome touch. One individual incident might seem just gross or annoying, but these moments add up to a whole culture suggesting that gender-based violence and discrimination, even in their tiniest everyday forms, are no big deal. It’s time for culture change.

And we are changing culture.

More and more, we’re starting to hold one another accountable and set standards that say everyone deserves safety and respect. It’s all about hearing your inner voice say, “That’s not cool”—and then making sure your outer voice says it, too.

Today, there’s more attention, action, and momentum around this issue than ever before.

People are connecting the dots between dramatic, headline-grabbing violence and everyday “micro-violence”. People are setting the bar higher in their own parties and public spaces. People are stepping up to say, “Sorry, no. Not gonna participate in that.” People are stepping up to say, “We can all do better.”

We’re on it.

We are emboldening sports fans and students to challenge sexual harassment. Breaking through stereotypes and silences, we enable a critical mass of men and allies to stop sexual harassment in public spaces. Our edgy animations—screened at sports events from NASCAR to Indy 500 to Green Bay Packers fan tailgates, covered by global news media, and seen by millions through the hashtag #bethatguy—have measurably increased viewers’ willingness to call out harassment and set new public standards for all.

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Let’s put the onus of ending violence against women where it belongs: with men. The solution isn’t just to stand up for women, it’s to hold men accountable. We can do that one moment at a time: on the sidewalk, in the subway, at the dinner table, at the game, on the bus, at the bar, with ourselves. So yeah, man. Want to start something? Let’s start a movement of men who aren’t afraid to stop violence against women. —Carlos Andrés Gómez

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