Where do we draw the line between apathy and mourning after the death of an individual credibly accused of horrible things? Do we define an individual by the wrong that they may have done or do we only pay attention to the good when they die? And when is the “right” time to discuss these … More On Kobe Bryant; How do we mourn those accused of terrible things?
Report sexual assault/harassment anonymously as a survivor/witness. When the justice system fails us, when we live in a rape culture, when you are too scared to come forward as a witness or survivor, report through JDoe. Together, we can puts crimes on the map so we can know how safe our communities are. If you … More JDoe: Report Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Anonymously
Mental health and physical health are fundamentally linked. People living with a serious mental illness are at higher risk of experiencing a wide range of chronic physical conditions. Conversely, people living with chronic physical health conditions experience depression and anxiety at twice the rate of the general population. (December, 2008) By The Canadian Mental Health Association
We need to continue the efforts to educate and bring awareness to sexual assault. It is on all of us. It cannot just be women fighting for rights for victims- men need to stand with us as well. Visit “It’s On Us” to learn more about this movement. (Not sponsored). When we sit and do nothing, we actually … More Preventing Sexual Assault
I’ve never been depressed. I’ve had my share of my own crazy and sure, I have my bad times. I have those times where I start crying while brushing my teeth and I’m not sure why. We’ve all experienced this to an extent. You go through a patch where staying in bed all day isn’t … More Loving Someone With Depression
Post by From Outside The Mall “Often times, friends and acquaintances reach out to me when they are in a mental health crisis. Sometimes, they don’t live in a country where there are 24×7 distress lines. I understand that it can be a scary situation for us when that happens. I just wanted to list some … More Responding to A Friend In Crisis
“If your friend was sexually assaulted, she or he may experience the following: Shock Disbelief Anger Mood swings Irritability Disturbances in eating and sleeping habits Denial Fear Helplessness Embarrassment Depression Inability to concentrate or relax Resurfacing memories of past abuse For some, the emotional impact of sexual assault can be immediate and short term. For … More Helping a friend that has been sexually assaulted
And the stigmatization of mental illness.
The Catalysts for Change shares information on various mental illnesses and disorders, domestic violence, and sexual assault (particularly on campuses), as well as resources. Reach out to us today! Everyone can dream of a better world, but creating it requires more than dreams. It calls for action. However, creating grassroots momentum for a cause can … More Your Community Action Toolkit: How to Get Started Advocating for a Cause
I have so much love for every single person who came out to Black Lives Matter protests across the country or has supported them from home. This is not my first protest (and it will not be my last), and not my first that fights for a cause that does not directly affect me. I … More No Justice, No Peace
“Sexual assault and relationship abuse impact many people on college campuses. Nationally, it’s estimated that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes and that they are most vulnerable between the ages of 16 and 24. College-aged men and women also experience relationship abuse at high rates. Some simple steps to becoming an Active Bystander: Notice the … More How to be an Active Bystander
Mindfulness in its modern meaning is inspired by a concept present in the Buddhist tradition. People often spend most of their time thinking about the past and the future. They do their daily tasks while their mind is wandering wherever. We are either in our past when our mind wanders and stops on bad experiences, … More Repost: Mindfulness
Join End Rape on Campus and Know Your IX to #ReclaimRedZones and fight campus sexual assault The first day of school marks the start of what’s commonly referred to as The Red Zone, the first few weeks of college when undergraduate students are most likely to be sexually assaulted. We know that The Red Zone is … More Take Action Now: End Campus Rape
If you think that a friend or someone you know is in an abusive or unhealthy relationship, it can be difficult to know what to do. You may want to help, but be scared to lose them as a friend or feel as though it is not your place to step in. All of these … More How to Help a Friend Who May Be in an Abusive Relationship
“When a survivor comes out about having been sexually assaulted or abused by an intimate partner — whether it be their first time telling anyone or their hundredth — recognize that the process can be extremely difficult and that you should be as supportive as possible. When a victim comes out to you, remember that … More Supporting a Survivor: The Basics by Know Your IX
“Over forty years ago, Congress enacted Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) to eliminate sex discrimination in educational institutions. Though much progress has been made since Title IX’s enactment, gender equity issues continue to plague colleges and universities. While responsibility for ensuring full and effective compliance with Title IX requires institutional … More Title IX Retaliation: What to Know When Filing a Claim