Supporting Survivors

Question

What can I do to help end sexual violence?

Answer

One way to end something is to try to stop it before it even begins. Showing up for people you know and people you don't know when you feel a situation is unsafe could look like interrupting the situation by creating a distraction, notifying an authority or trusted professional, or asking the person in concern directly if they feel safe. Be someone who listens and supports victims and survivors. Creating a culture where people are empowered to come forward will bring more awareness to the issue of sexual violence and help prioritize justice and healing in our systems. Challenge victim-blaming and fight attitudes that suggest sexual violence could be the victim's fault. Volunteer your time or donate your money to an organization that is fighting to end sexual violence and supports survivors. If there is no one in your community advocating for survivors, be the first one. You can volunteer at a community rape crisis center or local nonprofits in your area. Most organizations that are working to address sexual violence rely on funding to be efficient. Educate yourself on the root causes of sexual violence and cultivate deeper empathy for survivors. Stay informed on recent news related to sexual assault and be a part of the conversation when it comes to creating avenues of prevention in environments that are lacking accountability. Develop your voice and use it to advocate for others. Share resources with people that may need them. Have conversations with others about sexual violence and hold the people around you accountable for what they say and do. Educate the next generation on consent and help them grasp the issue of sexual violence. Working to end sexual violence is a marathon, not a sprint. It is a process of growing ourselves, challenging our culture, and fighting for justice. You can be a part of the solution. Your action can make a difference.

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