There is no shame when your loved one dies. When your car is stolen. When you’re diagnosed with cancer. Friends and loved ones gather around you for support. They don’t blame you for "bringing it on yourself."
It should be the same with sexual violence. But all too often, survivors who have the courage to tell someone what happened are blamed for bringing it on themselves. This needs to change. Be a part of the change right here at home, participate in our national movement, and you'll have made the world a better, safer place simply by believing.
Join us right here in the LC Valley by speaking up and taking part in the following activities:
Teal Ribbon Week April 1 - 9
We're draping our communities with teal ribbons to increase awareness of sexual assault. April 5 is a "Day of Action" and what better action than a random act of kindness? Share what you do on our facebook or twitter! We'll be sharing everything we're up to as part of our #30DaysofSAAM.
Crime Victims' Rights Week 10-16
Buy a drink at your favorite java place and look for a sticker on your cup. Did you know that every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S.? So take one minute to read the sticker and reach out to start a conversation.
Eat Out, Read Up April 10-24
Read the table toppers we've placed in some of your preferred eating establishmernts with myths and facts about sexual assault. Did you think that most assaults happen in a dark, isolated place? The frightening fact is about 60% of assaults happen in either the home of the victim or the home of the assailant. Be a mythbuster and find all our tabletop facts!
Denim Day Wednesday, April 27
A 1999 rape conviction was overturned by the Italian courts because the victim was wearing jeans that the court determined could not have been removed without her consent. Wear denim to show that it doesn't matter what someone wears, sexual assault is unacceptable. Wear your denim and pick up an "Ask me why I'm wearing denim" sticker from our office!
But Movements Become National
Prevention is possible, and that's the theme of this April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It takes many voices and roles to prevent sexual violence. This April, we’ll focus on the ways individuals, communities, and the private sector can take action to promote safety, respect, and equality.
Preventing such a far-reaching and prevalent social issue as sexual violence may seem overwhelming or even impossible. This mentality implies that there isn’t a solution or if there is – we can’t achieve it. But we can and we are. Reactionary measures are not enough; instead we need a comprehensive solution. There are many practical steps that are currently being taken in our homes, neighborhoods, schools, faith communities, and workplaces. But there are many more things we can do to promote safety, respect, equality, and accountability.
Let's Make the Whole World Safer
It's amazing what a group of people who, like you, care about the safety and happiness of others can do. If you want to help someone you may never meet these organizations can show you how.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Only 6 years old UN Women has already made a huge impact, and you can be a part of what they do. To learn more about their fight to end violence against women and see how you can help click here.
MenEngage is a global alliance made up of dozens of country networks spread across many regions of the world, hundreds of non-governmental organizations, as well as UN partners. Members work collectively and individually toward advancing gender justice, human rights and social justice to achieve a world in which all can enjoy healthy, fulfilling and equitable relationships and their full potential.