Why Support Survivors of Sexual Assault

2017-12-19T18:54:07+00:00November 6, 2014|Gender-based violence, Sexual abuse|

Woman lookingWhen I was in school if a girl cried "rape", she was forever labelled a slut. I remember upon entering grade 10 a girl was pressing charges against a boy for rape. He was a popular athlete in our school at the time. I remember how terribly she was slandered and slut shamed, by practically everyone. It seemed as though no one was on her side. It seemed even the police were making her out to be a slut. It was her fault she got raped.

So the rest of us kept our mouths shut. We did not want to be in her shoes and we did not know how to support her.