April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. To survivors –especially Black, Brown, and Indigenous Survivors who aren’t always believed — we hope you take extra care of yourself this month, and always. And, to allies, we ask: how will you honor survivors this month, and always — especially when it’s challenging? How are we practicing holding ourselves and each other accountable?
This April, we call on folks to believe survivors, even when it’s hard and inconvenient. Especially when it’s hard and inconvenient. Survivors hold wisdom that can transform our world into one that can centers radical truth-telling and accountability to promote not only self care, but squad care.
This April, we invite you to join our ‘Your Truth is a Priority’ campaign! Write your truth and stick it in a place that feels empowering for you! You can also hashtag #YourTruthIsAPriority and #metoo on so that we can feature your truths.
Resources For Survivors and Their Loved Ones
Sources: Girls For Gender Equity’s Surviving R. Kelly: Viewer Guide; Stas Schmiedt, Co-Founder of Spring Up LLC. (for directing us to the Trans Lifeline and National Sexual Assault Hotline)
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline: Recognizing signs and symptoms of abuse
- Depression and PTSD in survivors: Black Women’s Health Imperative
- Created and staffed by transgender people, the Trans Lifeline is for any transgender person in crisis. http://www.translifeline.org/
- Healing resources for survivors: The ‘me, too’ Movement
- Supporting teen and young adult girls with depression: AAKOMA Project
- The National Sexual Assault Hotline, which offers 24/7 support to anyone who has experienced sexual violence. http://rainn.org/
- Tips for supporting a loved one who is a survivor of sexual violence: RAINN
- 6 steps to support a survivor: The Joyful Heart Foundation
Source: Girls For Gender Equity’s Surviving R. Kelly: Viewer Guide
- ‘me too.’ movement
- Black Women’s Blueprint
- A Long Walk Home