According to a Department of Justice & CDC report, 1 in 6 American women will be the victim of sexual assault in their lifetime. With sexual violence affecting so many, someone you know may come forward to talk to you about their own experience. Angela Rose, Executive Director of PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment, offers some advice for you in case someone you know does come forward and needs help. If someone you know has been affected by sexual assault who comes to you:
- Always believe that person.
- Encourage them to get medical attention.
- Encourage them to report the crime.
- Be a good friend and a good listener.
With chapters in multiple states, PAVE works to build awareness of sexual assault and prevention through education and empowerment. For more information on how you can get involved, check out PAVE online.