Engaging Ontarians in a dialogue about sexual violence.

Your sister tells you that her husband won't allow her to go on birth control.

Do you change the subject?

Why Draw the Line

Controlling a woman's access to birth control is considered sexual violence. Everyone has rights to control their own body. Being in a relationship does not change this right.

When to Draw the Line

Sexual violence is unacceptable. Period. This includes when a person is in a relationship. Every person has control over their body and their choices must be respected.

How to Draw the Line

There's always more than one option for a bystander. Take a stand safely and do something that you feel comfortable with. You could:

  • Support her. Listen to her story.
  • Believe her. Validate her feelings.
  • Find help for her. Offer community resources and services.


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