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Dear Editor,

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year’s theme is “Embrace your Voice”. How we talk about sexual violence matters. When we reflect on and change how we think and talk about the issue, we can create a culture of respect, equality, and safety. There are many ways to embrace one’s voice, from voicing your support for survivors to speaking out against victim blaming.

When you stand up for survivors of sexual violence, you send a powerful message that you believe and support them.

Chances are someone you know is a survivor of sexual violence. They might not have told anyone out of fear of being blamed or judged. If someone in your life is considering sharing something personal with you, they are likely listening to your opinions or attitudes for clues on how you will respond.

What can you do? When you hear comments that blame victims or make light of sexual violence, speak up so that others know you don’t agree. Even if you don’t have a perfect response, this shows you do not believe in stereotypes, you believe in survivors, and you’re a safe person to talk to. Our words shape the world around us. Whether you are showing support for a survivor or helping someone better understand these issues, your voice is powerful and necessary in this conversation.

There are many great resources to learn more about SAAM. To get information, ask questions, or to find out how you can help, visit our website: www.newhorizonscrisiscenter.org, stop by one of our offices, or give us a call 507-532-5764.

Holly Johnson

Crime Victim Service Program Director

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