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SBS Article - Positive role models can stop the cycle of gender-based violence

Young people's behaviours are often shaped by adults and carers around them. By stopping disrespectful behaviour and education through positive role modelling, we can put an end to the cycle of violence.


Positive role models can stop the cycle of gender-based violence


How often have we heard phrases such as “boys will be boys” or “it’s OK, he just did it because he likes you”, about disrespectful or aggressive behaviour towards girls or women?


Although these sayings may seem harmless on the surface, they are unknowingly normalising aggression as something that is inherent in boys or something that is provoked by girls, experts say.


Not all forms of disrespect lead to violence, but we know that violence starts with disrespect. We can put an end to this cycle by stopping it at the start.


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