You have the power to be an ally...
Know the facts and challenge the myths about sexual violence.
Understand that sexual violence is a tool to oppress others.
Educate yourself about oppressive hierarchies: sexism, racism, classism, ableism, ageism, and hetero-sexism.
Acknowledge where you have privilege in our society
Interrupt oppressive behavior by those around you.
Support or join organizations focusing on social justice for oppressed people.
Sexual violence is devastating and often has life long effects on survivors. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 17 men in Colorado will be victims of a completed or attempted sexual assault in their lifetime. Over 60% of sexual assaults occur when the victim is under the age of 18. Survivors who experience acts of profound violence, intrusion and humiliation, often do not seek help immediately following victimization. Survivors of sexual abuse and assault are 3 times more likely than the general population to experience major depression, 6 times more likely to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and 13 times more likely to attempt suicide. Children and teens face added risks of early initiation of sexual activity, low self-esteem, multiple sexual partners, poor contraceptive use, and teen pregnancy.
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Youth bear a greater burden as victims of sexual violence, as they live in a society where sexual violence is accepted and used to keep societal hierarchies in place.
SASO’s comprehensive program planning intends to develop and evaluate strategies that prevent sexual violence or the underlying intersection of oppression that fuels sexual violence. Our prevention programs name oppression as a root cause of sexual violence, and thus incorporate strategies to challenge all manifestations of oppression.
SASO believes that for any prevention effort to truly work, we need to collaborate as a community to empower each other.
No More! Because We SASO.