DRAW THE LINE

Engaging Ontarians in a dialogue about sexual violence.

Your friend says you need to 'KEEP YOUR PIMP HAND STRONG' when dealing with women.

Do you laugh?

Why Draw the Line

Unhealthy ideas of what it means to be a 'real' man – dominant and controlling – can negatively affect how a man treats a woman.

When to Draw the Line

"Jokes" often reveal the truth. Controlling and demeaning words are hurtful. If a comment or joke feels wrong, it probably is.

How to Draw the Line

Don't tolerate jokes that make light of the sexual exploitation of young women and girls.

  • Talk about it by letting others know where you stand.
  • Approach your friend and explain how those comments can be harmful.
  • Look closer: does the "joke" reveal the truth? If so, report it to someone you trust – a teacher, a principal, or a parent.

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