This clip easily made me feel happier than anything else I’ve seen on television for quite some time. Take a bow, three beautiful young men in Hastings who stepped in when they could see a 12 year old girl was being targeted by two adult men.
In my day job, I encourage people to intervene – safely – when they see precursor situations to sexual and dating violence. I write and deliver workshops which try and undermine ideas of victim-blaming, and try and raise awareness of how most kinds of sexual and dating related harm happen. So that people know when to step in, and know how to do that safely. Because that’s what will stop sexual and dating violence.
A community that doesn’t look the other way, or think “that’s not my business”. A community that looks after one another, and doesn’t expect women to “protect themselves,” but expects all of us, all the time, to look out for one another. Skills and empathy transferable to other kinds of violence, bullying and harassment.
As Liam Mataira, one of the Hastings young men, says:
“Don’t walk away from something bad that’s happening if you can change it.”