This week is Sexual Assault Awareness Week.
A week dedicated to raising awareness for sexual violence through public education recognized and proclaimed by the Ministry of Justice.
This year’s theme, “No Story Left Untold” focuses on sharing voices, stories, insights, and actions from the front-lines.
Everything that will be shared with you throughout the week is a reflection of the work captured in the research report released on April 29 in partnership with SASS, CUISR, and FSIN.
A focal point of the research was the stories shared from survivors across Saskatchewan that shed light on the reality of their experiences with sexual violence.
Over the course of this week, through the theme “No Story Left Untold”, we will share voices of survivors, speak to the importance of believing their stories and advocate for the removal of barriers that limit stories from being told.
It is our hope, that raising awareness for sexual violence through survivor stories, will help you better understand the complexities of sexual assault and abuse by showing you that survivors are people like you. Although their experiences may be different than yours, we have all gone through something in our lives that has been difficult or devastating.
Speaking up for and taking action against sexual violence is not an easy thing to do. It is much easier to pretend that it’s not happening and avoid having the uncomfortable conversations and interactions with others about sexual violence.
The truth is, we really don’t want people to be in pain, but we spend a lot of time keeping people in painful circumstances and situations because we think we can’t do anything about it.
But we can.
The first step is having the courage to say, “I am willing to help and I am willing to believe.”
The second step is having the courage to do something about it, in whatever way you can.
Throughout this week, we will be sharing what we have learned through our research with you in hopes that it will inspire you to move, to take action, and to call for change.
Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who have experienced sexual violence.
Please join us in spreading the message of #nostoryleftuntold from May 11-15 to stand with the voices of survivors and take action to help change the story about sexual violence.