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 email@example.com.
- Think outside the box! Reach out to us with ideas on how you want to support #AimForZero by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sexual Assault Awareness Training (2 hours) [unlimited participants]
This programme provides an in-depth understanding of what sexual assault is, how it is legally recognised in Singapore, the laws that revolve around it, and how to provide support to survivors of sexual assault. It covers the following topics:
- Defining sexual assault (including harassment)
- Recognising Singapore’s legal framework regarding sexual assault
- Understanding consent
- Understanding the impact of sexual assault on survivors
- Providing support to survivors of sexual assault
- Resources available for help
We have provided this training to many civil society organisations, corporates, educational institutions and hotels.
- 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.