Degrading graffiti about a trans student appears on a washroom stall. Do you report it?

If it’s unacceptable to make degrading comments to someone’s face, why would it be okay to write it on a wall, or even online? Would you want someone writing about you on the washroom walls?

 

Draw-the-Line Postcard. The text reads:"Degrading graffiti about a trans student appears on a washroom stall. Do you report it? If it’s unacceptable to make degrading comments to someone’s face, why would it be okay to write it on a wall, or even online? Would you want someone writing about you on the washroom walls?"

Degrading graffiti about a trans student appears on a washroom stall. Do you report it?

The Draw-the-Line – Against Transphobic Violence postcards provide accessible, scenario-based approaches to discussions around preventing and intervening in instances of transphobic and sexual violence, and the roles that we can all play as bystanders.  The full text of the card is written below.

Sexually Violent Messages

Degrading graffiti about a trans student appears on a washroom stall.  Do you report it?

If it’s unacceptable to make degrading comments to someone’s face, why would it be okay to write it on a wall, or even online? Would you want someone writing about you on the washroom walls?

WHY DRAW THE LINE

When we don’t report or remove hurtful comments or threats like this, it sends a message that it’s acceptable for trans people to be publicly humiliated, threatened or scorned. 78% of trans students feel unsafe at school – we need to work together to create positive change.

 

WHEN TO DRAW THE LINE

Negative images, speech or written comments should be challenged right away. Once reported, the messages should be removed as soon as possible.

 

HOW TO DRAW THE LINE

Report it: Tell someone you trust – a teacher, a principal, a parent/caregiver or elder.

Build a team: Connect with your school’s Safer Space Club or GSA to work on school-wide initiatives.

Spark positive change: Find and share resources that positively discuss trans inclusion at school. Talk to teachers about distributing and using them in your school.

 

IT HAPPENED TO ME

If you’ve experienced sexual violence, reach out for help. Visit draw-the-line.ca.

Be an ally to trans women by challenging transphobia and other forms of violence.

Visit dtl.egale.ca.

 

Sexual violence is everyone’s problem. Break the silence. Speak out against it. Spread the word.

Find out more at draw-the-line.ca.