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Outreach Wednesday – How to be an Anti-Violence Activist in Your Everyday Life

In Outreach, Volunteer on May 23, 2012 at 5:00 am
It is truly rewarding to work within the anti-violence field, however, not everyone can pursue this particular career path. Don’t be discouraged though, just because anti-violence work isn’t your day job that doesn’t mean that you can’t contribute to the effort to end sexual and intimate partner violence. The Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assaults applauds the efforts made by the countless individuals working tirelessly to make our community (and the world) and a safer place.
Interested in finding ways to get involved? Check out the list below or contact our agency to ask about volunteering at volunteer@rcasa.org:
  • VOLUNTEER for your local domestic violence and/or sexual assault program – member organization list
  • Have the hotline numbers handy in case you ever need to give them to someone in need of help.
  • Think through how you would intervene if you saw someone being harmed; be an active bystander.
  • Encourage your local schools to include sexual and domestic violence prevention education in their curricula
  • Stand up against sexist and homophobic jokes and comments.
  • Find out if the shelter in your area has a “wish list” of items needed and help fill those either through purchasing items or asking friends, colleagues or family if they can donate the items needed.
  • Talk about equality and healthy sexuality and relationships with the youth in your life.
  • Provide annual statistics on DV/SV cases to officials and publicize those statistics to raise awareness
  • Host a kitchen table discussion with your neighbors and friends at your house, talk about why you all think domestic and sexual violence happens and what you might be able to do about it.
  • Encourage officials to pass resolutions and legislation to support domestic or sexual violence victims
  • Use the town hall or other public places to display DV/SV awareness and education material (ask your local program to recommend materials)
  • Support local DV/SV awareness events such as Sexual Violence Month (April) or Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October)

This list was found here.

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