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From Surviving to Thriving: Your Guide to Support Services for Sexual Violence

Throughout the month of April, we have looked at the details of sexual violence, the necessity of understanding consent, and the overall impact of sexual violence. Increasing our awareness is the first step in healing or supporting our loved ones. Knowing how to get help for ourselves or others is the next phase.  

Survivors may be weary of reporting the incident to law enforcement or even struggle to tell their closest friends and family. Common reasons for this include:

·         Fear they will not be believed.

·         Fear of retaliation

·         Shame

·         Stigma

·         Self-blame

·         Pressure from others.

·         Desire to protect their abuser.

·         Distrust towards law enforcement.

Over the years, societal attitudes towards sexual violence have made a gradual shift, with marked by increased awareness, advocacy, and legal reforms aimed at supporting survivors. Despite these strides, the stigma surrounding sexual assault persists in various forms and many survivors aren’t aware of the available resources.

Leaning into these resources can help combat the stigma surrounding sexual violence. It's okay to seek support, and there are local and national resources available to help you on your journey towards healing and justice. Reach out to organizations like local crisis centers, hotlines, or online support groups. You deserve to be heard, believed, and supported every step of the way. Your voice matters, and there are people ready to listen and support you.

Below is a useful guide that outlines resources available both locally in Houston and nationally. If you're a survivor, know that you are not alone and there is a vast network of support and aid available to you.

Sexual Violence Resource Guide
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