How to get involved

Rainn.org

Every 2 minutes, another American is sexually assaulted. 1 in 4 women & 1 in 6 men will be victims of sexual assault or rape in their lifetime. This is an issue that affects us all.

RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization, has helped more than 1 million people affected by sexual violence. Now they are seeking volunteers to help even more. This year, make volunteering for RAINN your New Year’s resolution. Join us in providing support to those who need it most.

By becoming a volunteer for the new National Sexual Assault Online Hotline, you can be a part of this generation’s most innovative source of support for sexual assault victims. The Online Hotline provides live, secure & anonymous help to the growing number of people who prefer communicating via the Internet – giving those affected by sexual violence a safe place to turn when they can’t find their voice.

This year, make your time online count. In 2014, help RAINN give hope. For more info, and to sign up to be a volunteer, visit http://www.rainn.org/get-involved/volunteer-for-RAINN/ohl-volunteer.

Look around in local neighborhoods for rape crisis centers.

Joyful Heart Foundation

End the backlog campaign.

Current Advocacy CampaignsOnline Advocacy: Urge your government representatives to fund rape kit testing.This summer, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate advanced spending bills that include $117 million for Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Reduction Grants, which provide funding for eligible states and local governments to test backlogged DNA samples. The legislation specifically instructs the Justice Department to prioritize the testing of rape kits. This is a critical investment that will not only save lives, hold rapists accountable and give survivors greater access to justice—it also has the power to bring much-needed healing.Please call or email your members today by clicking here to find contact information for your Representative and here to find your Senators. – See more at: http://joyfulheartfoundation.org/get-involved/advocate#sthash.aO7LDZe0.dpuf

loveisrespect.org and NOMORE.ORG

Know the signs of abuse : Is This Abuse?

Dating abuse is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. While we define dating violence as a pattern, that doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence. It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.

Warning Signs of Abuse

Because relationships exist on a spectrum, it can be hard to tell when a behavior crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or even abusive. Use these warning signs of abuse to see if your relationship is going in the wrong direction:

  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly putting you down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating you from family or friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physically hurting you in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling you what to do
  • Repeatedly pressuring you to have sex

Learn more about how unhealthy relationships work by exploring our power and control wheel.

Don’t Mind Your Own Business

Whether it’s the girl from your math class or a stranger you pass on your morning run, you can stop the abuse just by butting in. Start by addressing it directly. Let both individuals know that what’s happening isn’t right. Reassure the mistreated partner that they don’t deserve these actions and inform the violent partner that this behavior is unacceptable and dangerous. If you don’t feel comfortable calling out the abusive partner, you can still disrupt the situation by asking to borrow notes for class or striking up a conversation about anything.

Don’t want to get in the action? Stand away, but let the couple see that you’re watching them. Get out your cell and call for help. You can still give support without physically intervening.

Put Yourself in Their Shoes

Dating abuse is a scary and isolating experience. If you witness someone else going through it and don’t know what to do, try to imagine how you’d want to be helped. Stepping in not only temporarily breaks up the abuse but also offers support to the victim they may not have received anywhere else.

Treat Them Like a Friend

Watching a friend endure dating violence often leaves you feeling helpless and wanting to do something more. You can give the same care and encouragement to someone you don’t know as you would to a friend. Ask yourself how you would feel if no one helped your friend and something horrible happened when you weren’t present. Be this stranger’s friend and stop the abuse.

Don’t Neglect Your Personal Safety

Your safety is always the highest priority and you won’t be able to give the best support if you’re injured. If for any reason you feel unsafe, do not approach the couple. Alert an authority figure or call the police immediately. If you do intervene and the abuse continues, step away and get help.

Most of all educate yourself.  Education is the key to prevention.

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