We all need to look inward, and reflect. What implicit biases do we hold that contribute to oppressive structures and systems? What attitudes about gender, sex, and ethnicity do we exhibit in our every day language and behavior that are harmful or prejudice? What if we are not the ones saying or doing something harmful, but our silence contributes to someone else feeling hurt, dismissed, or oppressed?
Creating a culture of safety and consent is everyone's responsibility. Although the only person who can prevent an instance of sexual violence is the person choosing to cause that harm, we can all work toward a campus community where hostile language and harmful behavior cannot thrive. By ensuring that people have the right to enjoy and engage with their academic, professional, and social spaces free from inappropriate language and behavior, we are normalizing the expectation of mutual respect and accountability. In order to uphold this right, we must explore our own beliefs, educate ourselves, and engage with our communities to change culture. To do more good, we must do less harm.