Sexual violence affects everyone.
Sexual assault is an issue that touches all of our lives. Yet,
we never talk about it. The silence around this
issue means that many women and men are left to suffer in
isolation instead of being able to heal with community support.
Often people believe that sexual violence,
whether it's sexual assault, stalking, or relationship violence,
only affects the two people in the relationship. Nothing could
be further from the truth. Generally, there are opportunities for people to intervene in situations before they
escalate. Intervention can take the form of providing a loving
reality check for a friend in an abusive relationship, not
laughing at jokes that demean women or those that make light of sexual
assault or calling out a friend who talks about getting a girl
drunk so he can hook up with her.
If you have a mother, sister, aunt, cousin,
friend or girlfriend, then you have a vested interest in
stopping sexual violence.
Your voice can and does make a
difference. Stand up and speak out.
"You may never know what results come from
But if you do nothing, there will be no results."