Being forced into sex, including unprotected sex, by anyone-husband, boyfriend or date – isn’t a ‘personal problem’ or a ‘private matter’. It’s a crime with serious effects for everyone, and society as a whole.
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.