“This cycle of sexual assault must end. We must do the work. We must evolve. We must be well.”
“Context is everything. I wanted to make a film that no one could watch and still minimize what occurred or blame the victim.”
Truly accessible and equitable sexual assault services must be deeply rooted in Cultural Humility—and it should be seen as just as critical a soft skill as the others in our field.
Although a $10 billion industry of self-care has been created over the past few years, these activities in and of themselves are not radical self-care. And in order for us to really sustain ourselves, we have to be radical about it.
In over 30 states, a young person under age 18 cannot be arrested for prostitution—replacing a punitive juvenile justice response with one informed by prevention, supportive victim services and child welfare. Many youth benefit from assistance that addresses their trauma by building upon their strengths and resiliency. But then they turn 18.
Nearly two years after the viral tweets about #MeToo, we are now at an ideal time to take stock of the progress we’ve made and what breakthrough moments are yet to come. That’s exactly what this year’s National Sexual Assault Conference was designed to make possible.