April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. I shared some resources with my youth employment clients this week and thought I’d share them with you all as well.
First, some context: While women are numerically the most affected by sexual violence, all genders are affected by sexual assault, including men. The LGBTQ community faces the most disturbing rates of sexual assault, in addition to societal stigmas that can limit access to help.
There’s evidence that minoritized communities and folks who are disabled are more at risk of being sexually assaulted as well.
The majority of people assaulted experience their first rape or assault while under age 25. I’m including several resources below, both for awareness and in case you yourself would like support.
“Sometimes when you’re in the situation, you don’t know you’re in the situation until maybe later,” Siu Lim said in the #ChoosetoSpeakUp video series by Pocket Angel.
While this post is relatively short, I hope the following videos and links will point you toward some helpful resources on your journey either to healing or to awareness of this reality. Feel free to share additional resources in the comments as well! (Spam and harmful comments will be deleted.)
- CONSENT | Tea Consent (Clean) – YouTube
- SPEAKING UP | (TW: Reenactment) Say Something | A Short Film | Sexual Assault Awareness Month – YouTube
- RESPONDING | (TW) What You Say to Survivors Matters—Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month 2020 – YouTube
- Most resources I found were created by colleges with access to Title IX liaisons. I didn’t include these because my youth are out-of-school, but Southern Illinois University (SIU) and a number of other colleges have excellent resources.
- Many workplaces mandate trainings in this regard as well, with information about how to make a report to your HR department.
- RAPE CRISIS CENTERS | Illinois Coaltion Against Sexual Assault | ICASA
- SURVIVOR RESOURCES | SAAM 2021 Survivor Resources | National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
If you’re in Chicago, I’d be happy to help refer you to a counselor who works with survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault as well, both Spanish and English language, like Sarah’s Inn.
I also know of several shelters and organizations that work specifically with LGBTQ youth, immigrants, and domestic violence survivors. Feel free to reach out here: