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SART (And The Importance of Assertiveness)

imagesThis awesome post is by one of our recent graduates from our 65-hour advocate training. She is a great writer and will be a tremendous advocate to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. I loved reading her reflections on one of the trainings (detailed here) and wanted to share with you all! 🙂

Thoughts of a Thinker

Two blog posts in 24 hours- an impressive feat, I know. If you read my first post today then you already know I went to Highland Hospital this evening as part of my training with the Tri-Valley Haven (TVH). This training session was by far the most interesting and informative of all the training classes we have had and I wanted to share some of what I learned in hopes of spreading some sort of awareness and also just to keep you guys informed. I know a lot of you are really interested in my training and what I would be doing as a volunteer and I have not been keeping you guys as informed as I had originally planned. So hopefully this post catches you up a bit.

Tonight we met with a physician’s assistant who gave a presentation detailing the entire sexual assault medical examination: the process, general…

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  1. This is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Hey, it’s your post, just re-blogged! And yes, it IS awesome! 🙂

  3. I would add to this this the responsibility for preventing rape is always 100% in the hands of the would be rapist and that regardless of how “overly trusting”, vulnerable or unassertive a woman is, is is never ok to violate her.

    • Jenn,
      You are absolutely right and I couldn’t agree more. Didn’t mean to make it seem like women are to blame at all and I think our capability to trust is one of our strengths rather than flaws. However, it comes with it’s disadvantages, but you’re correct in that it is 100% the perpetrator’s responsibility NOT to rape.

      • Hi Shelby,thanks for the response. Im not sure if women are more trusting or have a deeper capacity for trust (could be I am crusty and jaded…) but I would agree that women are (at a minimum) socialized to be more passive rather than asserting themselves and feeling like they can draw clear boundaries. Lovely post, Im glad to see you reblogged through TVH. 🙂

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