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The Bystander Moment
The Bystander Moment

Sunday, April 28, 1:30 pm

Location:
Catamount Arts Center
115 Eastern Ave.
St. Johnsbury, VT

Admission: Free

The #MeToo movement has shined much-needed light on the pervasiveness of sexual violence and created unprecedented demand for gender violence prevention approaches that actually work. The Bystander Moment tells the story of one of the most prominent and proven of these approaches—the innovative bystander model developed by pioneering anti-violence activist and writer Jackson Katz and his colleagues. At its core, the video explores the role of bystanders—especially friends, teammates, classmates, and coworkers—in perpetuating sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of gender violence. Katz gives special attention to peer culture dynamics— especially male peer culture dynamics across race and ethnicity—that help to normalize sexism and misogyny while silencing other men in the face of abuse. He also stresses the crucial importance of appealing to people not as potential perpetrators or passive spectators, but as active bystanders and potential leaders who have a positive role to play in challenging and changing the sexist cultural norms that too often lead to gender violence.

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