Earlier today, Halifax Regional Police (HRP) and partners launched the second round of the ‘Don’t be that guy’ poster campaign as part of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month provincial launch, which was held at Province House in Halifax.
HRP has partnered with the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association, Avalon Centre, Bryony House, Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia to launch the second round of the campaign originally created by the Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton. The first round of posters was launched in Halifax this time last year and received positive feedback, particularly from local universities.
“The posters generated a lot of great discussion on campus and we look forward to launching round two of this campaign in a continued effort to raise awareness and change behavior around the issue of consent and sexual assault,” says Gaye Wishart, Advisor of Harassment Prevention at Dalhousie University.
The four new posters focus on the issue of consent and send the message that sex without consent is sexual assault. They will be displayed in bars, restaurants, universities and colleges throughout HRM and the rest of Nova Scotia.
“We recognize that the content of the posters will raise questions about the case of Rehtaeh Parsons. This isn’t about one particular case or the threshold of criminal code charges; it’s about changing the behaviour of perpetrators and advocating for a culture of respect,” says HRP Chief Jean-Michel Blais. “We feel that there is no more important time than now to reiterate that the behaviour of the perpetrators, most often men, must change.”
More information and to view the posters, visit http://halifax.ca/MenEndingViolenceAgainstWomen/