Conversations

Conversations

Why do we silence sexual assault conversations? Sexual assault in my opinion is a very controversial topic. Not in the sense that people agree or disagree in its seriousness but rather in the degree of how prevalent discussions and conversations surrounding sexual assault should be in our society. I bet if I asked you to define what exactly sexual assault was, a lot of you would be able to give me an answer that is relatively close to its legal definition.  Some of you might even be able to go a step further and recite some facts and statistics surrounding sexual assault. But how many of these facts and statistics would be related to the mental and emotional components of being sexually assaulted? It seems as if the only time it’s okay talking about sexual assault openly is when you’re talking about it in terms of numbers or facts. Why? Because it’s just easier that way, by choosing an apathetic route towards...
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Why I Volunteer – Erin

Why I Volunteer – Erin

   I am twenty-four years old, from Kitimat, British Columbia, and I have recently became a volunteer for SAFFRON Centre, (the Strathcona Sexual Assault Centre). This is a place where people can go to heal from sexual abuse and feel empowered, while also educating the public on the importance of change of our preconceived notions of sexual violence. I decided to volunteer with Saffron Centre because not only is it a worthy cause, but as a victim of crime myself, it gives me the chance to give back to the community with the ability to be understanding and empathetic. Without getting too candid, my aunt was murdered when I was six years old, and has had a long lasting effect on my life and mental well-being. So while, it is not sexual abuse, I can understand the feeling of being a victim and having to deal with the emotional hardships that happen after a traumatic incident. By being a volunteer at SAFFRON...
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