Resources

Supporting a Teen Survivor of Rape or Sexual Abuse

December 12, 2017

THE CONVERSATION A child’s disclosure of sexual abuse or rape can be difficult to hear. If you’re presented with this information, you may be experiencing some powerful emotions – and that’s OK. We’re here for you, and you are not alone. When it comes to approaching your child, it’s very important that you keep calm...continue

Ten Myths About Rape

August 30 2017

Fact: We believe you. We’re here for you. Myths about sexual violence, which are often based on victim-blaming attitudes, are prevalent in our society. As a survivor or the loved one of a survivor, you may hear these myths from those around you. It’s important to understand that rape is never OK and it is...continue

What is Consent?

August 25, 2017

What is consent? Contrary to popular belief, people have sex! But in order to have sex, there must be consent. Consent is an enthusiastic and clear agreement to engage in sexual activity with a partner(s). This means you need to ask your partner if they want to engage in sexual activity with you, instead of...continue

Healthy Vs. Unhealthy Relationships

August 20, 2017

With all the mixed messages portrayed in movies, television, or other forms of media, learning what a healthy relationship is and how to have one can be difficult. However, there are telltale signs of both healthy and unhealthy relationships. A Healthy Relationship Looks Like: An Unhealthy Relationship Looks Like: Mutual Respect You and your partner...continue

How to Be a Positive Bystander

August 15, 2017

A positive bystander is someone who notices a potentially harmful or dangerous situation and intervenes. While it is only the responsibility of the perpetrator to not rape or sexually abuse people, bystanders can sometimes prevent harmful or dangerous situations from happening. Recognizing the signs A potentially harmful or dangerous situation has a number of warning...continue

Self-Expression through Creative Writing

August 11, 2017

Spoken word, poetry, prose, and creative writing are all ways to express yourself and what you’re experiencing. Writing down and performing your thoughts can serve to transform the intangibility of your emotions and experiences into something more. They serve as a way for you to make your feelings tangible and real. Andrea Gibson, a well-known...continue

For LGBTQI+ Survivors: Four Things to Know

June 29, 2017

Members of the LGBTQI+ community are not immune to rape or sexual abuse.  In fact, studies show that people who self-identify as LGBTQI+ are more likely to have experienced some sort of sexual trauma in their lifetime. Dealing with trauma associated with rape or sexual abuse on top of sexual orientation and gender-based discrimination and...continue

How to Support a Family Member or Friend Who is a Survivor

June 25, 2017

When someone you care about confides in you that they have experienced rape or sexual abuse, it can be a challenging conversation. You may feel that you want to help them, but maybe aren’t sure how, or what to say. Below are eight suggestions for ways to support a friend or family member who is...continue

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