We want people to know that it’s everyone's responsibility to take action if they see problematic behaviour.
If we do not take action and we allow prejudicial attitudes to become normalised we risk creating a culture in which bias and discriminatory behaviours are not seen as problematic.
Prejudice & Hate
We use an adapted version of the pyramid of hate, originally developed by by the Anti-Defamation League and used by the USC Shoah Foundation to explore problematic behaviours and how they can lead to more serious acts of discrimination, hate and violence. Different types of problematic behaviour include:
- Religious Hate
The reality is the majority of people exhibit healthy and positive attitudes and behaviours towards others, the majority of the time. The majority of people would not act in a violent or abusive way. Unfortunately, there are some people in the minority whose behaviour is often completely unacceptable and this has negative consequences.
Consequences of Inaction
If problematic behaviour is normalised we risk sending harmful messages to the individual who has experienced the behaviour, the perpetrator and to others that their behaviour is ok. This could lead to more serious acts of discrimination, hate and violence.
There is a way that we can change harmful messages such as these. By modelling healthy, positive behaviour and calling out negative inappropriate behaviours we can positively challenge these attitudes.
It’s everyone’s responsibility
We all have a responsibility in creating a society where people are treated with dignity and respect.
Don’t be a bystander Speak Up! Stand Up! Call it out and report it.
See It! E- Newsletter. Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter and stay informed.
Know its a Problem! Attend an event or organise one and ask 'Where do you draw the line?'
Take Responsiblity! Express an interest in a training session and Be the Change
Report & Support
If you or someone you know has experienced problematic behaviour you can use the University’s Report and Support Platform. This allows you to report something anonymously or report it and get confidential support from a Harassment Support Advisor.