Create Safe Spaces

Written on 04/24/2024

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a time to educate communities and individuals about sexual assault and how to prevent it. Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity or contact that you do not consent to. It may occur within an intimate relationship or at the hands of strangers or other family members. Sexual violence remains one of the most prevalent yet underreported crimes in the U.S. and in Indian Country. The trauma from it can last a lifetime if safety, support, and resources for healing aren’t provided. 

It can be difficult to talk with someone who has experienced something as traumatic as sexual violence. But as a relative, your support can mean a lot to a survivor. It is time we educate ourselves so we can be of help to those who may be in need. Some ways we can create safe spaces and futures are: 

  • Validating, empathizing, and creating a space where they feel safe.
  • Believing them.
  • Talk about their safety in a non-judgmental, supportive way.

Talking openly about sexual assault creates safety. If we can talk about it, we can heal together.

If you or someone you love is experiencing domestic or sexual violence, call or text 1-844-7NATIVE or chat with an advocate at 24/7.