Prevention is Possible!
For Sexual Violence Awareness Month 2019, VIP is focusing on ways that individuals, communities, and the private sector can help prevent sexual violence. Nearly one in five women and one in 71 men are victims of sexual assault but all of us are impacted by sexual violence.
Everyone understands that sexual violence impacts victims and their families, but the effects of this violent crime on communities and society are less obvious. Perhaps most damaging are the lost contributions of survivors. Rape alone results in more than $122,000 in costs per victim and nearly $3.1 trillion to the economy over the lifetimes of all 25 million victims in the US population.
Preventing such a far-reaching and prevalent social issue as sexual violence may seem overwhelming or even impossible. This mentality implies that there isn’t a solution — or if there is, we can’t achieve it. But we can and we are. There are many practical steps that are currently being taken in our homes, neighborhoods, schools, faith communities, and workplaces. But there are many more things we can do to promote safety, respect, and accountability.”
Prevention starts with what Individuals can do:
- Challenge victim-blaming
- Believe survivors when they disclose
- Model supportive relationships and behaviors
- Call out harmful attitudes and behaviors
- Challenge the societal acceptance of rape.
- Communities and businesses can take action to implement policies that promote safety, respect, and equality.
As this year’s slogan declares, “Prevention is Possible!” Join us in helping everyone see their role in preventing sexual violence.
VIP is also partnering with three local coffee shops with a printed message on coffee cup sleeves. Be sure to grab one and place it on your coffee cup to support us during the month of October.
- Coffee shops: Wired Bean, Thief River Falls, MN
- Bear and Bean, Roseau, MN
- Bean and Brush, Hallock, MN
You can also support us by following us on Facebook and Twitter and share our message to help increase awareness and prevent domestic violence. Thanks for your support.