Every year, I right about this. Most of my thoughts from it are summed up in my piece about National Sexual Assault Awareness Month from last year. However, some things to always keep in mind.
*Sexual assault does not always involve penetration
*Sexual assault is not limited to females or women identified people
*Sexual assault is not limited to straight people
*Sexual assault does not discriminate by age, ability, race, sex, gender, socio-economic status, size, education, etc.
*Someone YOU know has been sexually assaulted. It’s never funny to joke about it, to tell someone they are lying or deserved it, or anything like that. It is immature, small and rude. And it kind of makes you an asshat.
If you or someone you know has been assaulted, there are many resources. College campuses tend to have hotlines and/or sexual assault response coordinators. You can contact RAINN (the Rape, Assault and Incest National Network). If you need LGBTQ resources, here are some to get you started. Many states have anti violence programs (in Colorado, it is CAVP). Many doctors and social workers have awesome resources as well. If you cannot find any near you/the person you’re helping, please contact me and I will help you.
Together, we can work together to both support survivors, and to change our culture to make it a safer place for EVERYONE.