April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM.) For #SAAM19, we are raising our voices for survivors, and learning all about consent in every kind of relationship.
Raise Your Voice For Survivors
Interested in elevating survivors in their experiences, but not sure where to start? Here are 5 ways that you can prevent sexual assault and stand with survivors:
- Be a myth-buster. There are many misconceptions about sexual assault. Most sexual assaults are perpetrated by a family member or acquaintance, not a stranger. Learn more about common SA myths and misconceptions here, via ACESDV. (1)
- Challenge stereotypes. It can be easy to think that assault only happens to one kind of person, but that isn’t true. Sexual abuse crosses racial, religious, cultural, sexual and gender lines. It impacts children, youth, adults and the elderly throughout our country. Speak up and question assigned gender roles and stereotypes. Learn more about sexual assault on our website.
- Rape isn’t funny. Speak out and challenge sexist jokes and comments when you hear them. Learn more about the effects of jokes about assault here, via the US Army. (2)
- Analyze this. Think critically about the portrayal of violence in the media. Take a deeper dive into how sexual assault is reported on in this press kit from INSPQ in Quebec. (3)
- Believing is supporting. Believe someone when they say they have been assaulted. It can take a lot of courage to share about experiencing sexual assault, and it is important to stand with supporters in their experiences. Don’t know how to respond when someone shares their experience with you? Check out No More’s guide on how to support survivors. (4)
Learning and Teaching About Consent
This April, we’re focusing the spotlight on practicing and teaching consent. Consent is a normal, required part of everyday interactions, both sexual and otherwise. Normalizing consent is an important aspect of sexual assault prevention.
Teaching about consent to youth can seem overwhelming, especially with cell phones and social media creating different situations for today’s kids. NSVRC’s guides are here to help break down concepts about consent for teens and youth. (5)
WCSAP’s Teen Edition of the Be The Solution Game & Discussion Guide
NSVRC’s SAAM Coloring Pages: Consent, Believe, Creele y Apoye
Ryerson University’s We Believe You Coloring Book
For more information about sexual assault, or for resources for survivors, visit our Sexual Assault Response page or call our 24-Hour HelpLine: 360.754.6300
SafePlace offers services and resources for survivors of sexual assault. You can invest in a community free from violence by making a gift in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
- “Sexual Myths and Misconceptions.” Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence,
- Lopez, C. Todd. “Sexist humor more than just offensive, experts say.” U.S. Army, 21 April 2017,
- “Sexual Assault and the Media.” Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), Gouvernement du Québec,
- “Supporting Survivors.” No More, The NO MORE Project,
- “I Ask: Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 2019” National Sexual Violence Resource Center