The answer to that question is yes, whether you’re aware of it or not.
That’s because sexual assault, rape, and other forms of sexual violence are frighteningly common. Sickeningly common.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to raise public consciousness about sexual violence with the goal of preventing and ultimately eliminating it.
Take my quick quiz to see just how much you know about sexual violence. Then share with others in order to educate and empower more people to start speaking out against sexual violence of all kinds.
How Much Do You Know About Sexual Violence? [Quiz]
Ways to Respond to Sexual Violence
If someone confides in you that they are a victim of sexual violence, keep these tips in mind as you respond.
- Create a safe space for them to share their story with you.
- Believe them.
- Allow them to share as much or as little as they are comfortable with.
- Be open and honest about your responsibility to share what you are told (i.e. you may be mandated to report anything you learn about the mistreatment of a child).
- Connect them to available resources and encourage them to reach out to a trained professional.
Where to Turn If You Are a Victim
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center can help you find the information and resources you need. They also have an online directory of vetted organizations and projects working to eliminate sexual violence across the country.
How did you do on the quiz? Do you think we have a “culture of silence” when it comes to sexual violence?
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