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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

This year’s SAAM theme is Building Safe Online Spaces Together, but what does that mean and why is it important?

Sexual Assualt Awareness Month

With the ever-growing presence of online profiles, social media, and ways to connect with others, it is increasingly important to create safe spaces for all online. To do this, we need to become better at receiving consent for the words, pictures, and videos we share and respecting the boundaries of others. Unfortunately, sexual abuse can occur both in person and through a digital format.

The reality is that online sexual abuse is influenced by the same attitudes and beliefs that lead to sexual violence committed in a person. These shared risk factors include social norms that directly or indirectly condone violence; traditional harmful ideas about masculinity; and attitudes that devalue and degrade women, LGBTQ people, people of color, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities. A safe online space is one that is inclusive, where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

What can you do to help prevent sexual abuse or harassment online?

  • Start with your own online presence.
    • Work to share content that is appropriate for all or share things within safe groups of people you trust. Remember, what goes online cannot come offline.
  • Create a safe space within your online community.
    • As an individual, we can step in when we come across problematic or harmful comments, behaviors, or content. We can also educate others and advocate for leaders to take meaningful action.
  • Call out harmful behaviors you see from others.
    • Report inappropriate content.
    • Respond in a respectful way when you see hurtful comments.
    • Show your support to victims of online harassment.

If you are concerned about the impact your time online is having on your or your child, and you would like to process that impact with a professional, please reach out to Valley Professionals! Our therapists and Case Managers would love to help you build a safe space online together.

By: Kerstin Minton, M.S., LMHCA


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