Lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people experience sexual violence at similar or higher rates than heterosexuals (according to the CDC). That’s why it’s important to support your LGBTQ friends and classmates. Stand up for them when they are being teased or harassed.
Spanish-speaking Americans who experience sexual violence may be less likely to seek help or report an incident because of language barriers. When a language barrier exists, family members or friends often act as translators, at times inhibiting the ability to speak openly.
Understanding healthy relationships is important to knowing what behavior is acceptable within a partnership. Reach out if you are concerned for your safety, still have strong feelings for your partner, or aren’t sure that what’s happening to you is really sexual violence.
In order to prevent sexual violence, guys have to be a part of prevention, too. Sexual violence can happen to anyone. Pay attention to what people say and how they treat others. Be sure to safely step in or say something when you see sexual violence happening.
Sexual violence happens online and in texts. From teasing to spreading rumors to name calling, cyber bullying is not a joke. Hold people, conversations and memes on social media to the same level of accountability as verbal or physical abuse.
If you see, hear or witness sexual violence happening, there are ways you can safely respond to prevent or stop the situation.
When you hear so-called ‘locker room talk,’ don’t let it happen. Say “Hey, that’s not cool.” Treat people with respect, whether they are in the room or not.
Parties can be a lot of fun. But if someone is being aggressive, you can safely intervene by changing the topic of conversation or bringing a friend over to distract from a potentially harmful situation.
If you see mean comments on social media, reply with “It’s not ok to say that.” Respectfully put a stop to mean or abusive comments online.
How you respond to abusive situations at school, in a group, at the game or online, says a lot about your character. Be a safe person others can count on.
If you hear a friend getting pressured into telling the details of their relationship or hook up, step in and let people know that it’s no one else’s business.
People’s clothes can be an expression of how they like to see themselves or whatever was clean that day. If someone is getting touched or talked about in a way that upsets them because of what they have on, stand up and defend their right to wear what they want.
If you see a snap or livestream showing sexual violence or harassment, make a report, tell somebody – don’t just let it happen.
You hear friends blaming the victim of a rape people have been talking about at school. Let them know it’s never the victim’s fault and share the facts – rape is about power and control, not how much someone drank that night.