What can I do?
that we all need to take responsibility for changing a society that allows
such high levels of sexual and relationship violence
to laugh at sexist jokes
defining masculinity as violent and controlling
defining femininity as passive and submissive
to my friends about this problem
to be a passive bystander when another person is at risk
victims so they may become survivors
survivors become thrivers
myself about the services available in the community
OUT for my friends
for strong fair laws designed to end violence
increased funding for violence prevention programs
movies, games, websites, and magazines depicting sexualized
OTHERS with respect, especially when they are vulnerable
making excuses for abusive behavior, my own or that of others
PERPETRATORS ACCOUNTABLE even if they are friends
- Always REMEMBER
that no one deserves to be sexually assaulted EVER
When looking out for others,
how do I know what situations to be concerned about?
- You hear a person is determined
to get someone in bed
- You hear a person is trying
to manipulate someone else into being in a room
so that they can take advantage of him/her
- You hear joking about
getting someone drunk/drugged so he/she wouldn't
know what happened
Information adapted from Why Not Ask
What do I do
- Distract the couple or
one person to diffuse the situation
- Offer to call a cab for
one of the people
- Track down a friend of
one of the people and have them check on their friend
- Knock on the door
- Directly ask one of the
people what's going on
- Shout something everybody
hears, like "Hey, what are you doing? Leave him/her alone!" and
stick around to make sure the situation has cooled down
- Talk to the "victim"
and let them know you saw what was going on and that you're willing to help
- Open the door and ask
if everything's cool. Interrupting an okay scene is better than standing around
while a rape takes place.
more information and tips, check out www.whynotask.org
groups exist to fight sexual violence?
Association for the
Prevention of Family Violence (APFV) in Elkhorn, WI (262) 723-4653
Provides crisis line, advocacy, support group, individual support, information/referrals
and family support
Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse (PADA)
in Jefferson, WI 24 Hour Crisis Line: 920-674-6768; Business Phone:
920-674-6748; Toll free: 1-800-228-7232
Provides crisis intervention, individual counseling, legal advocacy
(assistance with court procedures), support groups, linkage to community
resources, community outreach and education, advocacy for both domestic
abuse and sexual assault.
of Survivors: Voices Reclaimed"
This is a series of photographs
of survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and domestic violence. This photo essay
celebrates the healing process and the strength of survivors
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