As Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to a close, it is valuable to reflect on how we can continue to support survivors. Sexual violence exists all around us and impacts all, with disproportionate rates among women, transgender individuals, and racial minorities. The trauma and shame of sexual assault, combined with the judgement and stigma of society, create a worldwide environment in which survivors are invalidated, not believed, and often feel forced to suffer in silence.
This fantastic article discusses the unique experiences and challenges survivors face and provides valuable guidance on what we as individuals, and as a society, can do to support survivors and prevent sexual violence. As this month ends, I hope we reflect on ways we can honor the bravery of survivors and offer support.
Written by: Taejah Vemuri, LCPC, MPH, Urban Balance