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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let's stand together against sexual assault
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Let's stand together against sexual assault

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To the editor:

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to honor the voices and experiences of victims and survivors. We, here at Southside Survivor Response Center, believe that we are stronger together, and that new partners and community members are needed to expand sexual assault prevention efforts. We can all help the next generation foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality, and respect.

Changing beliefs that contribute to sexual violence starts with believing survivors of sexual violence when they share their stories. You can help by calling out victim-blaming comments or rape jokes if you see them online. Remind those around you that sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. Seemingly small actions like this make a critical Impact.

Get engaged this April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Contact us for more information on our virtual events in April. On April 14th, we are hosting a Support Group on Self-Care-Body, Mind, & Spirit and on April 28th, we are presenting a Candlelight Vigil. You can obtain more information on both events by contacting mjones@ssrcenter.org or outreach@ssrcenter.org. Please join us in embracing your role in ending sexual assault. Stand with us as we use our voices to change the culture in our communities

MARY J. JONES

Martinsville

The writer is a sexual assault victim advocate at the Southside Survivor Response Center in Martinsville.

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