Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day 22 Fact: Far too often, victims come forward to someone they trust, and are not believed or blamed for what happened. No one thinks this will happen to someone they know. From the Start By Believing Website:
There is no shame when your loved one dies. When your car is stolen. When you’re diagnosed with cancer. Friends and loved ones gather around you for support. They don’t blame you for "bringing it on yourself."
It should be the same with sexual violence. But all too often, survivors who have the courage to tell someone what happened are blamed for bringing it on themselves. This needs to change.
Start by Believing is a public awareness campaign designed by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) to change the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in our communities.