10 Things All Sexual Violence Prevention Activists Should Know
By Jessica Torres, SAFER Student Outreach Coordinator
April is Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month and in honor of all the college sexual assault prevention activists SAFER has put together a “Top 10 Things All Sexual Violence Prevention Activists Should Know.” We will be posting one of the ten ideas/suggestions/concepts each day for the first ten days of #SAAM. Please check our blog and our social media for each day’s idea!
Systems and traditions that allow and reinforce rape culture don’t exist in a vacuum; rape culture is informed by everyday microaggressions, historic disenfranchisement of specific groups (like women, LGBT folks, and people of color), and quite frankly, it’s a symptom of larger problems we often don’t have the language to discuss. Here are 10 things that all sexual violence prevention activists should know and consider as they further their efforts to build stronger and long-lasting policies that both reflect and challenge the needs and understanding of sexual assault for students on college campuses.
#1: Finding Funding
-be specific about where exactly those funds are going when soliciting funds.
-use this as an opportunity to collaborate and build long-term relationships with other interest groups on campus; pool funds and co-sponsor events.
-get creative! Throw socials and create incentives to capitalize on how people would be spending their money anyway; you’re seeking to make meaning out of the everyday.
-be aware that some interest groups may be competing for resources, do not let that become a reason for negativity between groups. We’re all swimming in the same pool.