There's really no other way to broach the topic of this post than to just jump in. Don't know if you know, but April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The fact that this month is designated to this specific cause is slightly bittersweet. I love that we are getting word out and creating awareness. But a larger part of me is deeply saddened at the fact that we have to have this month, because it means that the issue of sexual assault is still a problem around the globe.
These are just a small sampling of what has been happening to women lately. But I think we all understand that it isn't just happening to young women, or women period. What's troublesome to me is that we as a species are so divided on the topic. How is it possible to debate something that is so black and white? Sexual assault, regardless of age, gender, or race, is taking away something from another human being and robbing them of pieces of their life.
So what can we do about it? Turns out, tons. You can get more information from the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network. You can read this interview with author Laurie Halse Anderson and find out more about her work in supporting RAINN. You can watch and share this PSA created as a response to the Steubenville trial. And then watch the interview with the individual's behind the video. You can donate your time or money and work with support groups. But mostly, you can be compassionate and ensure that social justice occurs. Let's not stay quiet on this. Let's do it for the survivors.