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Ouch! Your Silence Hurts

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In an effort to build an inclusive workplace, this program shows how silence in the face of disrespect affects us all—and explores ways that you can use your voice to effectively address issues of disrespect in your organization.

Runtime: 9 Minutes
  • DVD or USB
  • Leader’s Guide
  • PowerPoint
Key Learning Points:

• Understand the high cost of silent collusion
• Explore the power of the bystander to make a difference
• Inspire passive bystanders to use their voice as active allies.


When we speak, we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”
Audre Lorde

Many people say they want to speak up when they see others stereotyped, disrespected, or demeaned. But they stand by silently because of discomfort or the fear of saying the wrong thing. They may turn away thinking “who am I to get involved, this isn’t my business.” In fact, as a bystander, you ARE part of the conversation. You are the audience. Your silence allows the disrespectful behaviour to continue. Your silence hurts.

Ouch! Your Silence Hurts challenges viewers by asking, “How will you personally respond the next time you witness someone being treated with disrespect? You have a choice: Passive Bystander or Pro-active Ally.” In a powerful and compelling way, this 9-minute program motivates bystanders to use their voice to speak up for respect on behalf of someone else.

Ouch! Your Silence Hurts will continue the conversation that OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts started. Ouch! Your Silence Hurts goes more deeply into the impact of the silent bystander.

This program is also available in French sub-titles.