background INFORMATION

This play deals with some very serious issues facing our society.  Below is some background information on this topic.  We’ve also included further resources of things you can do, organizations you can support, and material you can read.

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Do More: how can we combat rape culture and victim blaming?

  • Avoid using language that objectifies or degrades someone
  • Speak out if you hear someone else making an offensive joke or trivializing rape
  • If a friend says they have experienced sexual violence take them seriously and be supportive
  • Think critically about the media’s messages about relationships and violence
  • Be respectful of others’ physical space even in casual situations
  • Let survivors know that it is not their fault
  • Hold abusers accountable for their actions: do not let them make excuses like blaming the victim, alcohol, or drugs for their behavior
  • Always practice affirmative consent with sexual partners
  • Define your own gender identity. Do not let stereotypes shape your actions.
  • Be an Active Bystander!

For anyone dealing with these issues personally who wants help or resources, RAINN offers a free, confidential 24-hour hotline with trained staff members:  1-800-656-HOPE

 

Give More: Want to make a difference?

Below are some organizations that are doing terrific work to help address sexual violence:

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Helping survivors of sexual violence heal through storytelling, resources and community.

 

Works to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.

 

Working to create a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women, girls, and other marginalized groups are valued and safe.