If you hear someone using abusive or controlling language, say “I don’t appreciate that,” and explain why it is unacceptable.

Intent is everything. We have so many teachable moments in our everyday lives that we don’t seize.  When watching a movie with a friend, or a football game, even nighttime television, if you hear a comment that is disrespectful or degrading to women and girls, speak out.

Degrading comments, which can lead to violence against women and girls, can be stopped. Open a dialogue, let someone see how language affects perspective, and how the wrong language can be dangerous. Remind your friends and family that positive language can change things for the better.

This post is part of our 17 Days/17 Ways campaign during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.