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How to Protect yourself from sexual assault

A teacher asks the men in her class, “What steps do you take, on a daily basis, to prevent yourselves from being sexually assaulted?

At first there is a kind of awkward silence as the men try to figure out if they’ve been asked a trick question. Finally, a young guy raised his hand and said, “I stay out of prison.” Which was followed by a moment of laughter, before someone finally raised his hand and soberly stated, “Nothing. I don’t think about it.” Then the teacher asked the women the same question.

“What steps do you take on a daily basis to prevent yourselves from being sexually assaulted?” Women throughout the class immediately started raising their hands as the men sat in stunned silence. The women recount safety precautions they take as part of their daily routine. The above graphic, shows some of their answers.

— Jackson Katz, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help

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