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[SPECIAL GUEST] Supporting Survivors (trigger warning: sexual assault)

In January we discussed the topic of consent, what it is, what it looks like and how to get it. This month, in accordance with Sexual Assault Awareness month, we’ll be talking about what it’s like when consent doesn’t enter the picture.

 

Everyone who is sexually assaulted will experience it differently, but there are some feelings that are unfortunately far too common.  Many experience feelings of guilt and shame, largely because of a culture of victim blaming in our society, which may prevent them from seeking out support from their friends, family or from health professionals.

 

The aim of this Infobus session is to give survivors a safe space to discuss their own personal experiences, the feelings that came after and what happens next. We also want to give people who haven’t experienced sexual assault an opportunity to learn more about how to support survivors.

 

To help us do this, Karin and Jenny, counsellors from the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) in Perth, an organisation that provides support to survivors of sexual assault, and Sex Assault Squad (SAS) detectives of the Western Australian Police will be with us on the night.  They will also be helping us to find out what options there are in getting help after sexual assault.

 

No matter what the circumstances were around your assault, I want to stress that we believe you, what you’re feeling is valid and you deserve to have support.

 

Join us on Thursday the 21st April, 9pm AEST as we come together to talk about the experience of being a survivor, how to go about seeking support and and how family and friends can best support survivors of sexual assault.

 

If this post has been in any way triggering for you, I really encourage you to contact 1800 RESPECT. A full list of sexual assault related support services can be found here.

 

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Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Supporting Survivors (trigger warning: sexual assault)

Hi everyone, welcome to tonight's infobus session. Tonight we're going to talking with @sarcperth and @sasperth about how we can better support survivors and give survivors a safe space to talk about their experiences.

 

There are a few things to remember as we get into tonight's chat

 

First of all, this session is dealing with some pretty serious stuff, so please remember to look after yourself and look out for others as you post. Make sure you're aware of our community guidelines, particularly on the topic of being aware that what you're posting isn't going to be triggering for other users.

 

Second, it's possible that some distressing feelings might come up, so if at any point you're feeling unsafe please have a look at our emergency help resources. For resources that are more specifically related to tonight's topic I really encourage you to have a look at this list of resources and services for survivors around Australia. Talking about this stuff can be really hard, but what you have to say is important and what you're feeling is absolutely valid. 

 

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Supporting Survivors (trigger warning: sexual assault)

Hey @Chessca_H @sarcperth @sasperth
//You can stay afraid, or slit the throat of fear and be brave//

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Supporting Survivors (trigger warning: sexual assault)

Hey @j95! Glad you could join us

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Supporting Survivors (trigger warning: sexual assault)

Hi everybody! So good to have so many amazing people online to talk about this topic @sasperth @sarcperth!

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Supporting Survivors (trigger warning: sexual assault)

Let's ease into things with a bit of a talk about self care:

 

This topic can be a pretty tough one to explore, so before we start talking about it, i want to know, what are some things you can do to look after yourself if you’re feeling stressed out or triggered?

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Supporting Survivors (trigger warning: sexual assault)

HI everbody, Karin and Jenny here. So nice to be able to talk with you all tonight. Lets hope we can reach out to people.

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Supporting Survivors (trigger warning: sexual assault)

Hi everyone, my name is Neville from the police Sex Assault Squad, Im really happy to be here tonight to help out and provide some advice to anyone who has questions about the topic

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Supporting Survivors (trigger warning: sexual assault)

Hi @sarcperth, it's great to have you hear to talk with us Smiley Happy

Re: [SPECIAL GUEST] Supporting Survivors (trigger warning: sexual assault)

Hi @sasperth!