“Strong people stand for themselves. But the STRONGEST people stand up for others”
Sexual Assualt Prevention Resources for Teens
The Resource Hub is a compilation resources from across the internet into one place with the goal of increasing communities’ understanding of ways to promote healthy relationships and provide strategies to reduce the likelihood of sexual violence among youth. The resources fall into these primary categories and can be easily sorted to meet your needs.
“No.” Does Not Mean “Convince Me”
We consent to things daily! In fact, a recent survey showed the average adult makes over 35,000 decisions/day. We are experts in consent and decision-making; however, when it comes to sex and intimacy, we tend to believe it’s confusing, unclear, and “gray.” Consent at its core is when everyone involved freely and willingly agree to participate – when all involved are in harmony. For more information, including ages of consent per state, and more details about consent, when consent is given, not given, and how to ensure you have consent, please see the resources below and our definition of consent here.
Healthy relationships, whether with family, friends, or a dating partner, are central to our happiness. Knowing which relationships to nurture and which relationships to let go of is a crucial life skill. A healthy relationship is encouraging, loving, supportive, and built on trust and equity. Check out the resources below to learn about what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like and how to be a loving friend and partner.
“Love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh, Vietnamese global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist.
Before you text, type or speak, THINK first.
Is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring?
Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?
We consent to things daily! In fact, a recent survey showed the average adult makes over 35,000 decisions/day. We are actually experts in consent and decision-making. However when it comes to sex and intimacy, we tend to believe it’s confusing and unclear and “gray.” Consent at its core is when everyone involved freely and willingly agree to participate – when all involved are in harmony. For more information, including ages of consent per state, and more details about consent, when consent is given, not given, and how to ensure you have consent, please see the resources below, and our definition of consent here.
MEN & BOYS
When we talk about sexual violence, it is girls and women who most often come to mind.; however, sexual violence is a crime of power and control that can happen to, and be perpetrated by, anyone. 1 in 6 men have been sexually abused or assaulted, and 91-99% of sex offenders are men. To end sexual violence, boys and men must take the lead in redefining masculinity, uplifting gender equity, and holding other boys and men accountable for sexist jokes and sexually, physically, and emotionally abusive behaviors towards their dating partners. In a world where toxic masculinity is praised and encouraged, being an advocate for ending sexual violence can be challenging. We need you, because as Tony Porter states “If women could end violence against women and girls by themselves, they would have done it already.”
Men & Boys
“Once men realize that gender roles are a prison for them too, they become really valuable allies. Because they’re not just helping someone else, they’re freeing themselves.”
–Gloria Steinem, American feminist journalist and social political activist and Co-Founder of Ms. magazine
SPEAKING UP & OUT
Speaking Up & Out
“What you allow, is what will continue.”
“The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people.” – Napoleon Bonaparte, French statesmen and military leader
Sexual violence prevention means stopping the behavior before it ever starts. In other words, preventing people from assaulting others in the first place. An active bystander is someone who is able to identify offensive comments and behaviors and safely interrupt the behavior to decrease the likelihood of a dangerous or harmful situation; this can range from not laughing at a sexist joke to calling someone out for committing sexual assault. Speaking up & out is a vital piece to preventing sexual assault. Knowing how to do it in a way that feels safe and effective; however, can be difficult.
We cannot end sexual violence without leadership from today’s youth. Your voice, experiences, and ideas are valued and necessary to provide validation and support to survivors and to dismantle rape culture, a culture that uplifts toxic masculinity, the oppression of women and girls, and victim-blaming. From awareness campaigns, school clubs, and peer education, there are many opportunities for you to get involved.
“I raise up my voice – not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard.”
–Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate