Sexual violence exists around the world and effects people of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic status. Additionally, sexual violence effects all communities, including ours.
Although anyone can experience sexual violence - most victims are female, and most perpetrators are male. However, most men are not perpetrators. We can all be powerful protective forces by being active bystanders who have the power to change the culture.
How can men and allies prevent sexual violence?
- If a brother, friend, classmate, or teammate is abusing his female partner -- or is disrespectful or abusive to girls and women in general -- don't look the other way. Speak up.
- Be an ally to women who are working to end all forms of gender violence. Support community efforts such as campus groups or local rape crisis centers.
- Don't fund sexism. Refuse to purchase any magazine, rent any video, subscribe to any Web site, or buy any music that portrays girls or women in a sexually degrading or abusive manner.
- Mentor and teach young boys about how to be men in ways that don't involve degrading or abusing girls and women (or men).
- If you suspect that someone close to you is being abused or has been sexually assaulted, gently ask if you can help.
If someone has confided in you that they have been affected by sexual violence, it is important to respond with validation and respect. Confidential support, resources, and advocacy are available through Pueblo Rape Crisis Services. Last year, PRCS served 487 primary and secondary survivors with hotline and hospital response. On April 17, 2021 they will be hosting the 7th annual Walk A Mile & (Em)Power 5K event at the Riverwalk.
If you would like to get involved, contact Pueblo Rape Crisis Services to find out more about volunteering or donating.
- 24-Hour Crisis Line: 719-549-0549
- Office Line: 719-544-1191
- Web Address: www.rapecrisisservices.org