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Many people think they can’t advocate because they don’t know enough about policy, but this should not stop you – your voice matters!  Preventing sexual violence takes all of us, working together in big and small ways to create a culture of safety and respect in our society. With a problem of this magnitude, where does one person start? Action tip 1 – Learn: Listen to survivor stories. Learn more about sexual violence, such as; how perpetrators use power and control. how different forms of oppression intersect – Equality is not the reality in our society. Sexual violence is rooted in power inequities and is connected to all forms of oppression. We need to send a strong message that it isn’t OK when others aren’t treated with dignity and respect. Recognize rape culture happening every day. Learn what enthusiastic consent looks like. Action tip 2 – Think and Prepare: Treat…

Your actions matter, whether or not you were able to change the outcome, by stepping in you are helping to change the way people think about their role in preventing sexual assault. Everyone has a role to play in preventing sexual assault. There are many different ways that you can step in or make a difference if you see someone at risk. This approach to preventing sexual assault is referred to as “bystander intervention.” If you suspect that someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are steps you can also take to support that person and show you care. The key to keeping friends and family safe is first of all recognizing that you can play a significant role in situations that are threatening, and learning how to intervene in a way that fits the situation and your comfort level. Having this knowledge on hand can give you the confidence to…

The only person responsible for committing sexual assault is a perpetrator; however, everyone has the ability to look out for one another’s safety. Whether it’s giving someone a safe ride home from a party or directly confronting a person who is engaging in threatening behaviour towards someone else, anyone can help prevent sexual violence. A bystander is an individual who is present when a violent incident, such as sexual assault, takes place but isn’t directly involved. Bystanders might be present when rape, harassment or abuse occurs—or they could witness the circumstances that led up to these crimes, and thus potentially are in a position to discourage, prevent, or interrupt an incident. You may have heard the term “Bystander Intervention”. This is the act of feeling empowered and equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively assist in the prevention of sexual violence. The intervention act doesn’t have to jeopardize the safety of…