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Mar 23, 2023
The Mental Health Landscape Mental health is largely not discussed in the workplace , despite the fact that many adults face mental health struggles. In 2020, 6% of US adults (14.8 million) “had at least one major depressive episode with severe impairment in the past year.” Depression does not always, but can, stem from a response to trauma with up to 51% of sexual assault victims meeting the criteria for depression.” Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can also develop as a result of trauma, with 75% of sexual assault survivors developing it one month after their assault. It is
Mar 23, 2023
This list does not include all the terms and definitions related to systems that maintain unearned privileges and unjust oppressions. As we work towards a future without sexual violence, advocates, survivors, and communities must respond to a complex reality that center the needs of those most impacted by systemic oppression. This list is to support ongoing mutual learning.   Anti- Oppression refers to actions that seek to provide equitable approaches and practices to mitigate the effects of racism, ableism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and classism. Barrier 
Mar 14, 2023
Given that our SAAM 2023 theme is all about drawing connections, it’s vital to reflect on one of the most important connections we can make-the one with ourselves. The path to healing is a complex journey. Therapeutic outlets are one of the most common ways survivors of trauma express, process, and find closure in their lives. Although therapy and counseling are becoming increasingly common, the sheer number of options available can be overwhelming-especially when one is at the start of their healing journey. While there are still many barriers to accessing mental health and therapeutic
Mar 08, 2023
What is Transphobia? Transphobia “is the hatred of transgender people… typically accompanied by the belief that trans people don’t deserve respect or rights.” It can encompass fear or hatred towards transgender people, or the belief or idea that transgender people aren’t real or are somehow not valid in their own identity. Transphobia is deeply institutionalized and causes direct harm and loss of life for transgender people.   Transphobia shows up as a range of behaviors that make it difficult for trans people “to live openly and comfortably in society.” These include, but are not
Mar 08, 2023
What is Language Access?  Language justice is the right of people to communicate in the language that is most comfortable for them. Language access assures that the same services  offered to English-speaking individuals are offered to everyone. According to the National Center on Law and Elder Rights, “Language access rights are guaranteed under federal law. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its corresponding regulations protect against discrimination on the basis of national origin. Courts have interpreted this protected class to include spoken language.” Language access
Mar 08, 2023
How powerful is the media in creating social norms? Social media, television shows, movies, advertisements, celebrity events, and other large public viewership happenings are powerful tools in setting cultural trends, social norms, and lifestyle benchmarks. These norms include subtle (or not so subtle) cues about how certain people should look, act, what they should wear, and how they should live. This doesn’t just create changes in material culture (styles, trends, and aesthetics), but creates internal changes within us, between us, and internally in our own community. It changes how we see
Mar 08, 2023
What is the state of housing inequality in the United States? Housing inequality is a form of economic discrimination in which not all people are able to live in places where they can be free from harm, threat, or barriers that keep them from thriving. In addition to the rising costs of living, the impacts of COVID-19 created an increase in housing insecurity that is affecting millions of people. According to a national survey taken in August 2021, 3.7 million people responded that they were “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to face eviction in the next two months, while 7.7 million people
Mar 08, 2023
How are acts of mass violence connected to white supremacy? Research has demonstrated that there is a positive correlation between mass violence like  shootings and white supremacist ideologies. White supremacy has always been synonymous with acts of terrorism and in the desire to commit large scale murder and violence against its victims: - immigrants, LGBTQ folks,  people of the Jewish faith, its naysayers, but mainly Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in the United States.  It is a common misconception that mental illness is the sole driving force of mass
Mar 08, 2023
This Q&A page is meant for white audiences struggling to understand how issues of racism and sexual violence are connected, and why preventing sexual violence requires ending white supremacy culture. It also explains white people’s role in making these changes.   How is the sexual violence movement tied together with the movement to end racial injustice? At its heart, doing the work of sexual violence prevention is:  a refusal to accept abuses of power in the world, a commitment to stopping those same abuses from continuing, and  providing space for victims to reclaim
Mar 08, 2023
Social justice means equal rights and equitable opportunities for all. True social change relies on actions and efforts at multiple levels, and it can begin with introducing youth to social justice books to help them better understand different cultures, people, and situations. Like adults, youth can identify inequity– they understand the world through their own personal interactions that develop over time. These interactions mold their sense of self and how they view others, including those from different racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Teaching youth what equity is