Sharing Stories is a Powerful Way to Create Change

Dear Engaged Bystander: For SAAM (Sexual Assault Awareness Month), the NSVRC is beginning a new project to collect stories where bystanders said something or did something.

Here is a great first story posted to the NSVRC website. Thank you to Anita C for posted this. And yes, THIS IS WHERE IT BEGINS. This story so clearly shows that it often takes more than one activist to truly make change. While this 10 year old activist is truly amazing for talking to his friends (more than once) and also approaching the teacher. incredible. But it also took the mother contacting the teacher AND the principal before making the change that was needed. If we are going to break the isolation of sexual violence, it needs this level of perseverance and collaboration. A great story and I am so happy to repost it here!

I am the proud mother of a 10 year old activist

Posted by: Anita C.
My ten year old son is a playground social activist. He reported to me that for two days the boys in his class were playing a game they named "rapist". Game is basically tag - you run up to someone, touch them, and say "I raped you." Then a new rapist is it. So my son tells me he told the boys they needed to change the name of the game because it was inappropriate. Awesome! He does this two days in a row followed by telling the teacher on duty - who sad to say fails to respond. An email from me after the conversation resulted in swift action from the principal and teacher so I'm happy to report the 10 year old activists social action resulted in the end of "rapist" tag on the playground. I need a bumper sticker that says, "I'm the proud mother of a 10 year old social activist."

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Take a look at additional stories that have been submitted and be part of the growing movement to prevent sexual assault by sharing your story now.