April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (#SAAPM) and we wanted to bring your attention to a few resources which highlight this issue.
- Believe and support survivors – Thank them for sharing their stories.
- Respond to victim-blaming, rape jokes, or other problematic comments:
- “Sexual assault is never the survivor’s fault.”
- Refocus accountability on the individual(s) who committed sexual abuse.
- Share resources like
- Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), 1-800-656-HOPE 24/7. And they also have a chat feature. This is a comprehensive list of resources from general, domestic, intimate partner, incest, talking, disabilities, college, male survivors, LGBTQ, etc.
- National Center for Victims of Crime Victim Service Helpline, 1-800-FYI-CALL or 1-800-211-7996 (TTY/TDD)
- Know Your IX – includes info for survivors (surviving the abusive relationship, seeking medical care, building a network of support, experiencing discrimination as a survivor, dealing with unsupportive friends/family) and for friends/family
- http://www.crisistextline.org – Text HOME to 741741 where volunteer run the program 24/7
- End Rape On Campus – educational and advocacy resource to address rape on campus
- Donate or Fundraise for organizations which defend women’s rights
- Know and share information about emergency contraception which we will write about later this week.
The above information is for general informational purposes only and is NOT a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your doctor/primary care provider before starting or changing treatment.