If you’ve been raped, or you know someone who was sexually victimized, this one-minute message is for you.
You are not alone. It was not your fault. No matter what happened, when, where or who the perpetrator was, there are people who will believe and support you. Whether or not your family or friends are providing the compassion and practical help you need, there are hotlines you can call and counselors you can meet with face to face.
Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA), a national advocacy organization, created this video because they want to make sure you know help is available. They want you to get the assistance you deserve.
SCESA has served people of color for a decade—from lobbying Congress for funding for culturally specific assault programs, to supporting women who create agencies that help survivors heal. And SCESA recently launched the You, Your Best Friend or Me public service campaign to encourage women and girls to speak their truth in a safe space.
Do you know someone who was assaulted and aren’t sure how to help? SCESA also created this brochure as part of its campaign so you can be the best supporter possible. And here’s another guide for family and friends of survivors with even more detail about how to help from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
We need to talk. We need to listen. We need to act. We need to focus on healing our perpetrators so they no longer traumatize others, which simultaneously dehumanizes themselves and tears our communities apart. And we need to support survivors in the ways that they determine are best for them.
FOR IMMEDIATE HELP:
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network Hotline: 800-656-HOPE
National Center for Victims of Crime Helpline: 800-FYI-CALL