Poster 14


14. wILL IT CHANGE?  If we react to abusive speech or behaviour with more abuse, aren’t we feeding the cycle of abuse? The right to respect is a universal human right and no one ‘deserves’ to lose that right. Being respectful is choosing to ‘be the change’. It‘s choosing to stop being part of the problem. Always be respectful and disrespect will stop with you. Respect yourself. Respect your partner. Respect the rights of others.

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  1. Georgia says:

    Well…there are different ideas as to what that “respect” might be. In a case with intimate partner violence, the most respectful thing to do might be to leave the abusive partner and encourage them to get help. Flat out indifference only feeds into their rage (thus perpetuating the cycle AND putting yourself in danger) and reacting violently back does the exact same thing (and it justifies their behavior). Respect yourself by trying to leave the situation, respect them by not giving them outlet to exact their abuse on.

  2. Jill says:

    The question is, what are you changing if you let the ‘obnoxious dickhead’ get you angry? Then you become his victim. Best response to a dickhead is – no response. They HATE it when you give them NOTHING back.

  3. Millie says:

    I’m not sure about this message – is it saying we ALWAYS have to be respectful? Even when someone is being an obnoxious dickhead? But surfer boy sure is cute!

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