On Friday May 3rd 2013, join the thousands of individuals and organizations across Canada wearing purple in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month; in its third year, the campaign is called No One Asks For It!
In our nation, May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual abuse and sexualized violence in our communities is far more common than most people think. According to a 2006 Statistics Canada report, one in three women will experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime.
Recently in the news, there have been several stories of young women who have ended their lives after experiencing sexual violence also involving the malicious use of social media. These young women’s stories speak of the impacts of sexual violence. These young women felt ashamed. The shame should not be theirs, but that of their aggressors – both those who perpetrated sexual violence against them, and those who participated in the distribution of images.
One of the biggest hurdles that women and children face after experiencing a sexual assault is the insidious notion that somehow they “asked for it” by what they were wearing, where they were, what they were drinking, or whom they kept company with. No doubt, this impacts many people’s decision to suffer in silence after experiencing an assault.
The first annual No One Asks For It was created in 2011 in response to a number of high profile examples of victim-blaming in Canadian news at that time. Like wildfire, the campaign spread nationally that first year with more than 17,000 organizations and individuals donning purple on the first Friday in May!
For 2013, let’s continue to build on the No One Asks For It campaign and make an impact across Canada. On Friday May 3th 2013, show your support of survivors. Join us in standing up against victim-blaming and sexual violence!
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