Men must work to­gether to stop ha­rass­ment

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - EDITORIAL - Ge­off Chaulk St John’s

For decades now, New­found­land and Labrador women have been rais­ing aware­ness and “fight­ing back” — fig­u­ra­tively and lit­er­ally, against all forms of vi­o­lence per­pe­trated against them by some men.

De­spite the decades of in­cred­i­ble work by women, the prob­lem of men ha­rass­ing and abus­ing women — across the globe and in New­found­land and Labrador — ap­pears to be hit­ting new lows in terms of some men’s bad be­hav­iour and the num­ber of vic­tims, si­lent and/or speak­ing out.

In New­found­land and Labrador, we have seen too many sit­u­a­tions of this bad be­hav­iour by men that have led to the worst out­come of male abuse on women — the ac­tual deaths of women.

There­fore, I think it is long past due that all New­found­land and Labrador men now take the lead and own the prob­lem of vi­o­lence against women, de­ter­mine strate­gies to reach out to one an­other, sup­port one an­other in our col­lec­tive ef­forts as men to stop all ha­rass­ment and abuse of women. As it is by far men who ha­rass and abuse women, men must now lead the way for other men to fol­low in or­der to stop this bad be­hav­iour by our fel­low men.

There­fore, re­cently, two New­found­land and Labrador men, one straight busi­ness­man and one gay for­mer so­cial worker and com­mu­nity ad­vo­cate — the lat­ter is this writer — have come to­gether in cy­berspace to be­gin the work with other New­found­land and Labrador men, to “move this moun­tain” of vi­o­lence and bad be­hav­iour by men so that all women are safe(r).

The two of us men who have come to­gether will start to spread the word per­son­ally and via so­cial me­dia, that two New­found­land and Labrador men, in the spirit of broth­er­hood, want to work with all New­found­land and Labrador men to start the process of do­ing bet­ter for the women in our lives and com­mu­ni­ties. In this process we will iden­tify New­found­land and Labrador men who want to take a core lead­er­ship role and be part of an N.L. steer­ing com­mit­tee to guide our col­lec­tive work to stop all ha­rass­ment and vi­o­lence to­ward women.

We have also ad­vised, in writ­ing, the ap­pro­pri­ate po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives and min­is­ters of this work as yes, re­sources — ex­ist­ing or oth­er­wise — will be re­quired to do all the work.

Ev­ery­one in New­found­land and Labrador must surely be­lieve that some­one has to do some­thing to stop what is hap­pen­ing to women, our moth­ers, part­ners, sis­ters, daugh­ters, nieces, wives, cousins, grand­chil­dren and friends.

Our Face­book page is: To­gether NL Men STOP Ha­rass­ment and Vi­o­lence To­ward NL Women.

“As it is by far men who ha­rass and abuse women, men must now lead the way for other men to fol­low in or­der to stop this bad be­hav­iour by our fel­low men.”

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