Five Things Everyone Can Do to Prevent Sexual Violence

 

Everyone has a role to play in ending sexual violence. Read our round-up of actions you can take, from supporting survivors to starting conversations with your family and friends:

 

1) Learn more: Learn how the issue is impacting your local community, your nation and the world, and then share with friends and family. To get started, visit org or vawgresourceguide.org.

 

2) Shatter the silence: For far too long, sexual violence has been shrouded in silence and shame. Millions have bravely shared their stories as part of the #MeToo movement. But there’s still much more work to be done, and we all must help create an enabling environment for more survivors to come forward.

 

3) Know what to do: When it comesto sexual violence, friends and family are often the first responders. Learn how to support someone who has been sexually assaulted. To learn more, visit everyhourmatters.org.

 

4) Talk to children (and adults) about consent: It’s important to talk to children of all ages about empowerment and consent, and the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching. Here are some tips for each age group, and here’s a great video for children about consent.

Men and boys have a critical role to play in ending sexual violence. Women alone cannot fundamentally transform a culture that condones and excuses behavior like sexual assault; that duty can and should fall to men. Here are things men can do, including listening to women, talking to other boys and men, and learning and practicing consent.

 

5) Support those working to end sexual violence: You can volunteer your time, donate money and/or lobby legislators.

 

Download a printable “Five Things” postcard here.