IT STARTS WITH YOU
Sexual violence is a serious problem that can have lasting, harmful effects on victims and their family, friends, and communities.
If not you then who? If not now, when?
Every 92 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Every 9 minutes, that victim is a child.
Sexual violence can be prevented despite the existence of harmful histories and systems that normalize and condone sexual violence. Things are changing. We have the power to change them! It is up to all of us to change conditions within our communities if we are going to create a culture that is free of sexual violence.You don’t have to work in the field of sexual assault prevention to make a difference. We can all help prevent sexual violence by modeling and promoting healthy and positive relationships that are based on respect, safety, and equality.
We all have the ability to positively influence others. You can help the people you care about question their harmful beliefs by speaking up if a friend makes jokes or comments about sexual assault or modeling consent with friends and family. Taking action in some way, shape, or form helps to change the thoughts and behaviors of a community.
(Adapted from https://www.nsvrc.org/safety-prevention)