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‘It starts sooner than you think’: Scottish Police appeal to men in their campaign against sexual violence

The Scottish Police has released this Wednesday a video featuring several men who launch a series of questions directed at male spectators, urging them to reflect on a series of daily behaviors that are considered normal, but that, nevertheless, could be the first signs of future sexual harassment or abuse behavior.

“Sexual violence begins much earlier than you think,” one of the men points out at the end.

The video is part of the police campaign against sexual violence presented under the title ‘Don’t be That Guy’, which appeals to the men for what be aware of their behaviors and attitudes towards women.

The campaign addresses a painful issue for British society, still shocked by the atrocious case of rape and murder of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old Londoner, who in early March was abducted while walking down the street by a former police officer who faked the arrest of the victim. Later, she was found dead on the outskirts of London.

The tragedy highlighted the issue of insecurity in urban streets, especially for women, who were encouraged to share their experiences of intimidation and sexual harassment that they had suffered in public places, giving more relevance to the topic covered in the video.

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