Gender-Based Violence

What not to say to sexual assault victims

By October 19, 2018 No Comments

Rape and sexual assault happen so often in Trinidad and Tobago. If being raped wasn’t traumatic enough in itself, what’s even worse is what people sometimes say to victims of rape. Here, Vanessa, a survivor herself, relays some of the actual things that people have said to her… and what it does to you.

According to Sophia Bush, “Asking what someone was wearing when they were assaulted is like asking someone what outfit they had on when they were robbed. It doesn’t matter. It’s a violation that was done TO them, not because of them.”

It’s #NOTOKAY to victim blame. 

It’s #NOTOKAY to show no sensitivity to victims. Your words have power.

 

Vanessa- Things People Say

Rape and sexual assault happen so often in Trinidad and Tobago. If being raped wasn't traumatic enough in itself, what's even worse is what people sometimes say to victims of rape. Here, Vanessa, a survivor herself, relays some of the actual things that people have said to her… and what it does to you.According to Sophia Bush, "Asking what someone was wearing when they were assaulted is like asking someone what outfit they had on when they were robbed. It doesn't matter. It's a violation that was done TO them, not because of them." It's #NOTOKAY to victim blame. It's #NOTOKAY to show no sensitivity to victims. Your words have power.FOLLOW @Not OkayInstagram: www.instagram.com/notokayttSee more: www.notokaytt.comGet involved; share your story or otherwise: notokaytt@gmail.com. Your voice matters. ~Video by Candice Alaska.

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