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Safe Ways to Immediately Intervene

“Hello there! I’m here to provide you with a bit of information on how you can safely intervene during an episode/s of sexual or gender-based violence. I would like to remind you that suggestions on this post should not be taken as medical advice, legal advice, therapy, etc. or as a one-size-fits-all approach.  Keep in mind that every individual’s journey of  experiencing and navigating through stress or trauma is distinctive because you are one of a kind and no person is truly like you!  Experiencing abuse in any form is NOT OKAY, but what you are experiencing as a result of abuse is valid.  Please know that healing is not a formula and is not for anyone else to define for you. You do you, and you follow all that you need to follow, to help yourself. If you need additional resources or just someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to Imaara Foundation."

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How can I help a survivor of sexual assault?

Addressing and helping a survivor of sexual assault is all about starting from the micro level and engaging from the choices we make, and staying engaged when we need to act. It is important to learn how to intervene as a bystander when you encounter a case of sexual assault. Make use of the resources on the site to find help for the survivor immediately – but do so with the consent of the survivor.

While the following information is instructional in a way to encourage you to equip yourself to react to a situation, it is important that you make sure to never put your own safety at risk. Therefore, this guide must be treated as a support – when there is danger that you cannot handle, your best bet is to call the police immediately.

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