You can be the difference. Help someone take the first step towards recovery.
Mental health is no joke. If someone you know is struggling with their mental health or is a survivor of sexual violence, you can offer support. You may not think you have the right words, but expressing concern can make the difference in someone's recovery. Let them know that you believe them, that it's not their fault, and that there are resources available. Reaching out for help is the hardest step. Having the courage to offer support can save a life.
Spread the Word
Cultural change begins with you. Start the conversation about creating an environment where sexual assault and intimate partner violence are not permitted or tolerated. Break the stigma associated with mental health by educating others with the truth. The truth is that we all have good and bad mental health at times, but it is important to reach out if you or someone you know needs help. The words you say out loud do matter. Be intentional in your language and actions. There's no better way to make a difference then to lead by example. If you see something, say something. Be an active bystander and speak up.
STATISTICs on Mental health
- According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 16 million American adults live with major depression and 42 million American Adults live with anxiety disorders.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.
- One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by the age of 24.
- 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., yet according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 60% of adults with a mental illness didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year.
Statistics on Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence
- Sexual assault affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 33 men in their lifetime.
- The false reporting of sexual assault crimes only happens 1-4% of the time, which is consistent with the false reporting rates for all other felonies.
- 31% of cases are reported, 6% of cases lead to arrest, and only .7% lead to a felony conviction. Meaning nearly 99% of abusers will walk free. Perpetrators of sexual trauma are less likely to go to prison than other criminals as nearly 70% of all cases are never reported to the police.
WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional or psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner.
1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men in the United States have been stalked within their lifetime.
- National Stalking Resource Center (www.ncvc.org/src)
WHAT IS CONSENT?The laws about consent vary by state and situation, but across the board, consent is an agreement between two persons to engage in any sexual behavior. Consent is never implied, is not the absence of no, and can be revoked at any time. Prior sexual activity does not imply consent, and the use of threats, deception, or coercion to gain consent are not ok. Both parties should be sincere and positive in their desires each and every time.
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center Hotline - 1-877-739-3895
- Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN) National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- Safe Helpline for Sexual Assault Support for the DoD Community - 1-877-995-5247
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
- NAMI Helpline - 800-950-NAMI or text 'NAMI' to 741741 for help in a crisis
- It's On Us to create a culture of consent on college campuses today. Support the national campaign 'It's On Us' by taking the pledge online @ It's On Us →
- Not Alone is a website created by the White House Task Force to protect students from sexual assault. Click Here For More Information →
- Read more about healthy relationships on The National Domestic Abuse Violence Website →