If there’s one thing that years of traveling and storytelling with Speak About It has taught us, it’s that sexual assault affects us all. Whether we are ourselves survivors or victims of sexual assault, we all know someone who is or who’s life has been changed by it. Partners, siblings, best friends, roommates, teammates, parents. Everyone has a story about how sexual assault.
And because everyone has a story, you are not alone with yours. Below are links to national resources who can be reached 24/7 by phone or online for support.
- Center for Disease Control
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
- Safe Horizon
- Office on Violence Against Women
If you don’t feel comfortable contacting one of these resources, that’s ok, too, but we encourage you to talk to someone. A trusted friend, sibling, or partner will do just fine. And if you’re the first person someone tells about their assault, remember to believe the survivor and assure them that it wasn’t their fault. More tips for supporting a friend can be found here (via Brown University).
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
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