Resources to Prevent Sexual Assault

NC Stop Human Trafficking has resources to prevent sexual assault.  April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.  The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent from the victim.

 

Talking to Kids about Boundaries and Consent

 

NC Stop Human Trafficking and the TEDI BEAR Children’s Advocacy Center teamed up to offer a roundtable to empower caregivers to talk to kids about boundaries and consent.  Click HERE to see the video.

 

“Let’s Talk About It” Campaign

 

For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) launched its “Let’s Talk About It” campaign that focuses on developing and maintaining healthy relationships and empowering adolescents in responding in the best way to inappropriate online requests/activity by someone else.  Click HERE for the “Let’s Talk About It” toolkit.

 

What to Do if Someone Reports Being Sexually Assaulted

 

If a family member or friend trusts you enough to open up about being sexually assaulted, please remember to respond appropriately.  DO NOT ask them accusatory questions such as “Well, what were you doing for them to act like that?” or “What were you wearing?”  Sexual assault is never the victims fault!

 

Appropriate ways to respond include:

  • Let your family member/friend know that you believe them and will support their decisions
  • Remind them that no one has the right to hurt them and that no matter what/how it happened, it is not their fault
  • Connect them with resources that can help set expectations and provide an understanding of the criminal justice system
  • Tell them you will go with them to make the report, if they choose to do so.

 

The National Sexual Assault Hotline number is 800-656-4673 (HOPE).