Posts Tagged ‘awareness’

April is National Sexaul Assault Awareness Month

March 24, 2010

I got my CD in the mail today containing a lot of helpful planning materials and posters and so on from SAAM.  I meet tomorrow with one of my co-organizers for the project.

We are considering a lot of different ideas for raising awareness, and hopefully for raising money for our local crisis center.  We may sell ribbons s well as host a survivor art exhibition or even a clothesline project.

Resources

February 3, 2010

Sexual Assault AwarenessIf you are a victim and/or survivor of sexual assault, you are far from alone.  I wanted to share what resources I could and hope that this list will grow and possibly help someone out there.

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RAINN

“The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org, and publicizes the hotline’s free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual assault; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.”

RAINN also hosts a confidential, volunteer run, online chat hotline which I can recommend first hand.

Pandora’s Project

“Pandora’s Project offers peer support to anyone who has been a victim of rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse through our online support group, Pandora’s Aquarium. We believe that connecting with other rape and sexual abuse survivors is an important part of healing. Our online support group includes a message board, chat room, and blogs. It is free to join and is safely moderated by a diverse group of survivors.”

After Silence

After Silence is designed to help victims become survivors, and communicate in the recovery of sexual violence. Our mission is to support, empower, validate, and educate survivors, as well as their families and supporters. The core of our organization is a support group, message board, and chat room where victims and survivors come together online in a mutually supportive and safe environment.

Information on PTSD via WebMD

“PTSD was first brought to the attention of the medical community by war veterans, hence the names shell shock and battle fatigue syndrome. However, PTSD can occur in anyone who has experienced a traumatic event. People who have been abused as children or who have been repeatedly exposed to life-threatening situations are at greater risk for developing PTSD. Victims of trauma related to physical and sexual assault face the greatest risk for PTSD.”

For “Secondary Survivors”: It’s Your Duty to Respond Well to Your Friend’s Sexual Assault Disclosure

I intend to keep a link to this post docked in the future and to update it as I find more resources. (Feel free to post your suggestions as well.)