Sexual assault is a systemic problem. It reaches and expands into every aspect of our society much like poverty and racism. There are a variety of perspectives individuals can bring to the conversation surrounding sexual assault, but some perspectives go unheard as the taboo and stigma attached to the topic of sexual violence engenders an atmosphere of reticence to discuss sexual assault’s impact on our lives. It is important for all people to have informed conversations about sexual assault. These conversations help break down the barriers to discourse, which positively impacts society’s perception of sexual assault, which ultimately can heal and empower individuals.
The topic of sexual assault has come to dominate the news and take over our Facebook feeds. Evidence of this can be seen in the increased awareness of sexual assault issues on college campuses and within the military. This is due - in part - from the issue being talked about in new and unique ways as a result of near instantaneous communication that has become an omnipresent part of our daily lives. However, because of the breadth of information available, it is sometimes difficult to sort out what information is relevant to the conversation. This blog aims to address this problem.
The goal of this blog is to provide pertinent, factual information to individuals who work on sexual assault related issues. By focusing on sexual assault issues in this way, we hope to bring new insight into sexual assault and its related issues, while also providing relevant information to individuals who address sexual assault in their day-to-day work. More broadly, we hope posts in this blog not only augment the work of professionals in the field, but provide a place that serves as a source of education and knowledge to help encourage continued informed dialogue in our communities. In time, it is the hope that this blog will help empower individuals from a variety of situations to speak out on this issue.
Author: Natalie Thompson