P is for Power, People, and Prevention
Thursday, April 28th, 2016
By Andrea Carcamo, Policy Analyst & Legislative Liaison
Direct services are a way to help survivors of sexual assault after the fact, but prevention addresses the issue at its root. Although large companies and media outlets have the power to improve the discourse on sexual assault by bringing content to our phones, TVs and computer screens, they are not the ones with the most power to effect change. In reality, we alone–as a community–hold that power.
“What happens to women, happens to the family; what happens to the family is translated into the world.” Those were the wise words of a taxi driver once I told him I work on violence against women. Prevention requires the participation of those who can have an impact on others’ lives, so prevention requires EVERYONE’S participation. Since individuals are largely shaped by their surroundings, we all have a role to play in prevention, and this includes investing in lifelong conversations with children, our community, and peers. As a community that takes pride in strong family relationships, we have the power to make and be the change we want to see. The resource below gives you a starting point on the actions you can take at home to join the movement to prevent sexual assault, and eventually make a difference in the world.
Access the factsheet: Prevention is Possible!
Created by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)