You may remember our ‘Oi – It’s your Choice’ Project from last year that was created to address and change perceptions about violence with Petero Civoniceva as our spokesman. We have recently revived this project with some new promotional material that you may see soon in a Pub, Club, Bottle Shop or Licensed venue near you in Moreton.
The message is simple and you may think that this does not apply to you but it does.
Every person in our community fits into at least one of three categories in any violent or disorderly incident: victims, perpetrators and bystanders. How you deal with it is your choice.
Victims: Don’t Accept It. Tell someone about it straight away and/or report it to police. There is help available. Just let someone know.
Perpetrators: Don’t Inflict it. It’s that simple. Consider the effects on your future, other people’s futures and on your family. If this applies to you or a loved one, help is available. You just need to take the first step by admitting this to yourself and letting the right people know.
Bystanders: Don’t Condone It. Yes, that’s everybody else in our community that does not fit into the other 2 categories. Whether you are witnessing it now or if you are merely sitting quietly at home it makes no difference. If you know about it or witness it, show that you do not condone it by at least telling someone and/or reporting it to police or Crime Stoppers.
If necessary ask yourself the question ‘Are we ignoring violence in our community and therefore making it ‘socially acceptable’ by giving our Silent Consent?’
Violence is not socially acceptable in our Community but every time we look the other way we are giving the Perpetrator that silent consent and in a way supporting violence.
Ultimately, it’s your choice – don’t choose violence.