The STOP Campaign and YWCA Canberra are excited to announce the:
SAFE RESPONSE TOOLKIT
A Toolkit for Sexual Violence Victim-Survivors and Their Supporters
What is the SRT?
The STOP Campaign is excited to announce the Safe Response Toolkit: A Toolkit for Sexual Violence Victim-Survivors and Their Supporters (SRT), made possible by YWCA Canberra through their 2021 Great Ydeas Small Grants Program.
The SRT is a resource, to be made available both in print copy and online, which provides information to victim-survivors of sexual violence (SV) and their supporters about how to safely respond to SV disclosures and access support services in Canberra. The SRT is a collaborative toolkit, informed by relevant legal, medical and support service providers, community advocates, businesses, peak bodies, and victim-survivors.
The SRT covers topics including:
How to safely respond to disclosures,
How to report sexual violence,
Legal avenues (criminal and civil),
How to access crisis and post-crisis support services,
How to navigate the process of sharing your story publicly (i.e to the media),
Considerations when sharing your story such as defamation and personal safety, and
SV advocacy and lobbying for change.
Why are we creating the Safe Response Toolkit?
Responding to and reporting disclosures of sexual violence can be a sensitive, intimidating and complex process for victim-survivors and supporters. There is a marked lack of clear, trauma-informed and accessible information for victim-survivors in Canberra regarding the personal, legal and medical considerations when disclosing and reporting sexual violence. Without this information victim-survivors may be unsure of or intimidated by the process of reporting sexual violence, preventing them from accessing support services they need. This also has community repercussions - silencing victim-survivors allows sexual violence to continue and stifles broader behavioural and cultural change. We hope that the SRT will work to reduce the stigmatisation of sexual violence and provide victim-survivors with the autonomy to access and navigate available support systems.