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Viral content is the most prevalent form of media in our current day and age. Videos, stories, and photos can span the globe within a matter of seconds through the reach and accessibility of technology. Viral content tends to be eye-grabbing, shocking, or outlandish, and acts as a form of entertainment that feels like news or current events.

Although all forms of trauma are damaging, trauma that comes from sexual violence is uniquely difficult.

Trauma occurs because of the way the human brain is wired. We are programmed to remember things that will be useful for our survival and help us remain safe in the future. When something very bad, painful, or scary happens, our brain wants to keep us safe and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

ACEs: Also known as Adverse Childhood Experiences, ACEs are childhood experiences of abuse (be it physical, emotional, sexual, or mental) and neglect or larger incidents of

Trauma — it’s a word we might use often, but not grasp to its full extent. Although it varies in degree and content, everyone experiences trauma. In fact, our relationships with trauma dictate much of how we both experience  and move through the world. Trauma isn’t one specific thing; it can be layered, complex, or even repressed so that we are unaware of it. Although difficult to define because of its diversity, in essence trauma is the opposite of safety.

What is a rape crisis center? When were they founded? Where can you find one? And what services do they provide? Despite the expansion of rape crisis centers over the past few decades, many people still have questions about these important local resources.
Find the answers to these questions and more here.

As we learn more about COVID-19, we're also learning how it impacts our work to support survivors and create safer communities.

"A health equity approach to preventing sexual violence means that we need to both understand and address the factors that contribute to violence and safety and factors that expose some communities — especially communities that have been historically oppressed — to higher rates of sexual violence". (NSVRC, 2019)
Prefacing Health Equity:

Las redes de apoyo son muy importantes en detectar estas señales y prevenir los entornos de la víctima.

Las víctimas de tráfico provienen de múltiples entornos, contextos, son diversos y a veces pasan desapercibidas.