Why don’t you just leave
When a friend experiences intimate partner violence in a relationship, it can be very difficult for us to not try to intervene. Unfortunately, you can’t make the decision to leave that relationship for your friend. However, there are things you can do to support them so that when they are ready to leave, they know their options.
Digital consent and image-based sexual abuse
Now, more than ever, people of all ages rely on technology, devices, and screens to stay connected and communicate. The digital age has taken on an entirely new meaning when it comes to consent, dating, and sexual abuse. From apps to online dating websites, there are many ways people are connecting online.
Stress, anxiety and health
In today’s world, we hear a lot about anxiety and stress. It’s really not a new phenomenon. For years, farmers have stressed over the weather and their crops, workers stressed over deadlines and job requirements, students stressed over tests and classwork, and I think every mom has stressed over their children.
Fallacies and truth
There are many fallacies about sexual assault that tend to shift blame from the perpetrator to the victim. Understanding these misconceptions can help you as a victim in your recovery or you as a friend of a victim to better assist in their recovery.
Closing out Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Each year in April we declare the month as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM is about both awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. It is important to include both awareness and prevention because it’s impossible to prevent something no one knows about, and it’s difficult to make people aware of a problem without providing some pathway for a solution.