National Respect Day
Also known as
National RESPECT! Day
In September of 2008, the Family Violence Prevention Fund (now Futures Without Violence) partnered with Macy's for the first National RESPECT! Day. Teaching respect and raising awareness about domestic and dating violence was done with the goal of ending violence against women and children. During the first year, rallies took place on college campuses and Macy's stores, and social media and cell phones were utilized to mobilize a new generation of people about the issues.
Domestic violence affects one in three women around the world, and close to one in four women in the United States have experienced violence at the hands of a current or former partner. Millions of children in the United States live in families where partner violence has occurred. After the first National RESPECT! Day, Futures Without Violence and Macy's has continued with the RESPECT! Campaign, teaching young people about respect in relationships, in order to combat domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. Although National RESPECT! Day is specific to these issues, it has since been celebrated more generally, promoting all kinds of respect.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by becoming involved to promote respect and prevent violence. Futures Without Violence has started numerous programs with those goals. Teens can join the That's Not Cool campaign, while coaches can get involved with Coaching Boys Into Men. Those in college can educate themselves about sexual assaults on campuses, and consider becoming involved in the Campus Leadership Program. Adults can have conversations with young people about domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment, and cyberbullying. Watching a film such as Audrie & Daisy and following it up with a discussion may be a good way to start. You could also donate to Futures Without Violence in order to support their work. If you yourself are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, please reach out to get help.