Break the Cycle

Break the Cycle Campaign Collab: How Skateboarders Can End Rape Culture

A community statement by skateboarders of various genders and backgrounds in the community will be circulating in various skate media in 2021. Created from the efforts and concerns of skateboarders spanning the several continents and numerous nations. The statement is both a call to action and also with the aim to offer guidance to both industry and community. Done in collaboration with WKND Skateboards, Consent is Rad and a committee of skateboard writing advisors, professional skateboarders, other individuals from the skate community, industry, skate journalists and researchers.

Released in:

Thrasher Magazine June 2021 Issue #491 – Website

Free Skate Magazine 2021 Issue #34 – Website

Free Skate Issue 34 Magain

The Skateboarders Companion August 2021 Issue #3 – Website

Stoops Magazine Blog, January 2021 – Here

Also featured by The Goodpush Alliance.

Break the Cycle was done in collaboration with WKND skateboards, input from various skate community advisors, skate mentors behind the scenes and the writing team from the US, Canada/France and Australia: Kava Garcia Vasquez, Manu Barbier and Dr Indigo Willing.

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Break the Cycle:
How Skateboarders Can End Rape Culture 
Why talk about rape culture in skateboarding? Rape and sexual misconduct is perpetrated by and affects all skaters. Recently, survivors have been sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and assault within the skate community. Clearly, we’ve got work to do. Let’s start by defining what rape culture is, how it harms our community, and what we can do about it. 
What is rape culture? Rape culture is when actions and beliefs create an environment where sexual harassment, assault, and violence are normalized. Some examples of how people perpetuate rape culture include slut-shaming, sexualized jokes, catcalling, degrading graphics, and disrespecting someone’s boundaries. 
How can we end rape culture and prevent sexual violence? We don’t need to be perfect, but it is our responsibility to push toward progress. Here are some facts, actions, and frameworks to consider: 
The Non-Negotiable: If someone is underage or intoxicated, they legally cannot consent. 
Ask, Don’t Assume: Consent is a clear and active agreement. Consent requires an enthusiastic yes and is never coerced. One way we can normalize affirmative consent is by practicing it in everyday situations. For example, obtain consent before giving advice, by simply asking someone, “Hey, can I help you with that?” 
Hold People Accountable: Accountability is not punishment. When people mess up, we must address their actions so they understand the harm they caused and have an opportunity to change. 
Take a Stance: Change can begin with a few words. If you hear or see something troubling, speak up. Phrases like “That’s not cool!” or “Are you okay?” can make a big difference. 
Change The Lineup: If someone in your squad gets called out for sexual misconduct, address it head-on. Support companies and crews who will change their team when skaters refuse to change themselves. 
Act Locally: Rape culture doesn’t just exist elsewhere - it exists in spaces we occupy everyday. The work can start with you and your friends. Have you had a conversation with someone close to you about rape culture? As you educate yourself and unpack your own behaviors, are you sharing this information with peers? How are you elevating and supporting local survivors? 
As skateboarders, we are part of a powerful and influential global community. Through our collective actions, we can not only end rape culture within skateboarding, but also transform society as a whole. 

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