High School 101

Know what to do if you or someone you know is assaulted

Everyone deals with trauma differently. There is no ‘right’ way to act after being raped or abused. If you want to speak to a therapist or advocate your local crisis center can help you find someone to talk to for free. Survivors often forget or skip caring for themselves physically, it’s important to eat, drink water, rest, and, if you’re up to it, exercise to stay healthy as your body is healing. Advocates at your local crisis center can help you with a self-care plan. Keeping a journal can also be a great way to get your emotions out in a safe, private way. No matter what know that there are always people who support and care about you.

Speak Out

1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience sexual abuse or assault.  You have a powerful voice.  Amazing change has happened from high school students bringing awareness to sexual assault. Social media, rallies and marches, information tables, there are dozens of creative ways to raise awareness. The Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence is a great resource to support you in planning events and making change.

Step In

When you see something wrong- street harassment, someone at a party who is very drunk, someone yelling at or intimidating their partner- and you feel safe enough to step in do it! Make a distraction, get the vulnerable person home safely, engage friends or other bystanders to help intervene, or call parents, teachers, or police. If more and more people speak out against sexual and domestic violence then perpetrators lose their license to operate.

Self-Care

Healing from sexual assault can be lonely, stressful, and difficult. It’s important to identify ways to take care of yourself. Binge-watch your favorite show, go to a concert, speak to a counselor or friend, paint, draw, run. Do anything that makes you feel good! Caring for yourself is as important as caring for others.

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