Keep your friends and family safe, address sexual violence when you see or hear of it, and offer non-judgmental, support and information to survivors.
Most survivors of sexual violence first disclose their experience to a friend or family member, but this doesn’t come easy. Many worry how family and friends would react to their experience. Some may even fear how others would be emotionally affected by the knowledge of their assault. Our own SACC clients have shared how their own families have responded with disbelief, judgment, resentment or discouraging comments.
To encourage help-seeking and reporting, we all need to recognise how social attitudes and victim-blaming can affect survivors’ willingness to report. Concerned friends and loved ones can effectively support survivors with a simple “It’s not your fault”, and by offering resources for counselling or accompanying them to make a report or seek medical help.
Ready to be a supportive ally to survivors?
- Donate to Aim for Zero to support our public education programmes on sexual violence, and help us reach out to more people.
- Share our campaign video with your friends and family, to spread recognition of the impact of sexual violence, the importance of our attitudes in supporting survivors. Encourage them to commit to end sexual violence and victim-blaming by taking the pledge.
- Spread word of our services and programmes. Our Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC) offers free and specialised services for survivors of sexual harassment and assault, as well as conduct trainings for social sector professionals. Catalyse Consulting runs training programmes for professionals, managers and employers on how to manage harassment in the workplace.
- Give us access to your space! We’re always in need of free venues to run talks and conduct events. If your organisation has a training room or multipurpose room to offer, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Think outside the box! Reach out to us with ideas on how you want to support #AimForZero by writing to email@example.com.
Sexual Assault First Responder Training
3 hours (Online) | Recommended group size: 50 pax
Based on experiences of clients of our Sexual Assault Care Centre, survivors often lack the support crucial for their recovery when they speak to family, friends, colleagues and official bodies about their experience. This can result in survivors internalising their feelings of shame and guilt, though the assault is never their fault. Often, loved ones grapple with how they can help and what they should say—after all, their actions and words can have a huge impact on a survivor.
Through SACC’s interactive training sessions, participants will be able to understand the complexities of sexual violence, dispel myths, learn about Singapore’s legal framework and remedies for sexual crimes, and act as an effective first responder to create a culture of support for sexual assault survivors.
The goal of this training is to create support systems for survivors of sexual assault, and to equip participants with the necessary skills to be effective first responders to survivors.
- Defining sexual assault (including harassment)
- Understanding consent
- The role of a first responder
- Understanding the impact of trauma on survivors
- Providing support to survivors of sexual assault
- Resources available for help
To book this workshop, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We’ve created a series of infographics on simple ways you can supportively respond to a disclosure of sexual violence. Share it on Facebook here.
- Be an active bystander. If you know a friend who is dealing with an unhealthy or abusive relationship, show your support by listening to them without judgment, discussing their options and asking them what they would like to do. It’s important to not impose decisions on them, and to allow them to make their own choices.
- Invite our speakers to share more about the Aim For Zero campaign and what individuals, groups and organisations can do to address and prevent sexual violence.
- Get your community together to organise a Sexual Assault First Responder workshop.
- If you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment and/or sexual assault, reach out to the Sexual Assault Care Centre at 6779 0282 for support.