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Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse “in which information is twisted, selectively omitted to favor the abuser, or false information is presented with the intent of making victims doubt their own memory, perception, and sanity.” Essentially, gaslighting is a tactic used to destabilize a victim’s understanding of reality, making the individual constantly doubt their own experiences. Most of the time, this tactic is used to further uneven power balances with abusive partners, making victims second guess themselves when they feel they are being abused or attacked. Even if a relationship seems otherwise non-abusive, gaslighting is emotional and mental violence. This process in and of itself is toxic and unhealthy, regardless of whether there are other abusive behaviors taking place within the relationship. The thing about gaslighting is that it’s an especially terrifying tactic because it makes the victim feel they cannot trust their own mind, that their memories and experiences are…

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…