Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Hey y’all – it’s your resident anti-sexual violence LC here!

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so I thought I’d compile a list of resources for your perusal.

  • Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) is one of the best places to start any query into the realm of sexual violence information. With up-to-date statistics and many links to extend any search, RAINN is an umbrella organization that helps with any need concerning this topic.
  • The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is another great place to start to get a basic understanding of the many facets of sexual violence and the best ways to prevent it, heal from it or help someone in need.
  • There are several different ways to find resources in each state, so here are a few. The links follow directly to the list of state resources.
  • When it comes to university resources, it’s best to start by searching for your individual institution of higher learning.
    • Start with campus resources like a women’s center or dean, then community resources.
    • Oftentimes, the services are free or on a sliding scale, so college students can afford to be seen by professionals.
    • The National Sexual Violence Resource Center does have a list of campus resources, to which the above text is linked.
  • If you’re interested in becoming an advocate or activist yourself, then here are some great links and organizations to check out!
    • Know Your IX – an organization of college students across the country committed to ending sexual violence. I subscribe to their newsletter, which lets me know what’s going on the world of Title IX and sexual violence prevention efforts!
    • Not Alone is another campus organization dedicated to ending sexual violence.
    • Take Back the Night events are held on college campuses across the country. If your school has an event/week for it, then get involved. If it doesn’t, then think about starting it yourself!
    • See if there is local, state or national legislation centered on sexual violence and contact the legislators about it. This was one of my most fulfilling experiences in college!

While the above list is not nearly exhaustive and really the mere tip of the iceberg, I hope that it can help you find resources for yourself, your loved ones, your sorority sisters or your university.

To end, here’s my favorite quote: “Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light. I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” -Sarah Williams

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