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National Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Our Voices Have Power


National Sexual Assault Awareness Month banner with girl holding her hand up and a message on her hand saying "stop"

In April, we come together to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence, supporting survivors, and advocating for change. Together, we can build a safe and respectable community by truly recognizing that our voices have power.


As a community, let’s explore how our voices can drive meaningful change and support survivors:


Breaking the Silence: One of the most powerful ways to combat sexual assault is by breaking the silence surrounding it. Survivors often face stigma, shame, and disbelief, which can prevent them from speaking out. By encouraging open dialogue and creating safe spaces for survivors to share their stories, we empower them to reclaim their voices and seek justice.


Raising Awareness: Education is key to prevention. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we have an opportunity to educate ourselves and others about the prevalence and impact of sexual violence. Our DVP Hub includes resources to help.


Friend lending a helping hand showing support for a survivor

Supporting Survivors: It’s essential to center the experiences and needs of survivors in our advocacy efforts. Additionally, we must advocate for policies and systems that prioritize survivor-centered approaches to addressing sexual violence.


Amplifying Marginalized Voices: It’s important to recognize that sexual violence disproportionately affects marginalized communities, including people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities. As we raise our voices, we must also amplify the voices of those whose experiences are often overlooked or dismissed.


Demanding Accountability: Holding perpetrators and institutions accountable is crucial for preventing future harm. By advocating for stronger laws, policies, and enforcement mechanisms, we can ensure that perpetrators are held accountable for their actions and that survivors receive the justice they deserve.


Creating Lasting Change: It’s essential to continue advocating for change year-round, whether through grassroots activism, legislative advocacy, or supporting organizations working to end sexual violence. By staying engaged and committed to the cause, we can create lasting change in our communities and beyond.


By speaking out, raising awareness, supporting survivors, and demanding accountability, we can work together to end sexual violence and create a safer, more equitable world for all. Together, our voices have the power to drive meaningful change and build a future free from sexual assault.


Help is available to those who need it. Visit www.ihcrc.org/dvp for resources.

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