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Activities for Survivors:


Mail a love letter to yourself.
Collect quotes from family, friends, authors that contain positive affirmations and place them all over room/house.
Make an art piece that represents your past, present and future.
Buy a journal (or make your own) and spend time getting to know you.
Treat yourself to 30-minutes of silence a day. Use this time to take deep, calming breaths and reflect, meditate, or pray.

Use a camera to document your healing process. Take pictures of yourself at different moments. Photograph things that trigger you. Take pictures of your support system. Keep your photos somewhere safe.
Frame a picture of yourself and write the names of people that make up your support system all around the frame. Include family, friends, teachers, and organizations that help you.
Create a comfort book. Fill the book with magazine cutouts, photos, quotes, prayers, and drawings that give you comfort and laughter. Include images of things that give you peace, things that make you smile, and places where you feel safe. Keep this book with you to look at in difficult moments.
Create a your own dream catcher to help you through those sleepless nights. The Native American tribe, Ojibwa, believe that a dream catcher changes a person's dreams. Bad dreams will stay in the net, and good dreams will filter though. You may want touse these materials: Thin leather strips or string, metal ring (or a ring made of pipe cleaners or bendable twigs), beads, craft feathers, crafters glue, scissors and cloths pin. Personalize your own dream catcher and adapt it for the materials you can find.
Make a scream jar. This jar will safely hold your anger outside your body instead of keeping it bottled in. Line the jar with padding to soften the noise and give yourself permission to exercise anger.

As a significant other (Friend, Family and Romantic Partner):


Rule #1: Take care of yourself before you help anyone else. As a significant other, you are a secondary victim, and you need to get help and process your own feelings about the sexual violence.
One of the most courageous steps for a survivor, is going to therapy for the first time. As a friend or significant other, if you research sexual assault counseling locations for survivor it will make these steps easier for the survivor.
Accompany the survivor to therapy or the police station to reduce possible fears and anxieties they may be experiencing.
Create a self care packet (gift card to a local spa, journal, music, sleepy tea, candles) for yourself and the give to the survivor.
Send a “thinking of you” card.

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Make a charm necklace or bracelet for a survivor (fill the charm of objects and quotes).
Attend a sexual assault month event in honor of the survivor.
Make a CD of the survivor’s favorite songs or affirmation songs.
Amplify Your Voice
Amplify is a project of Advocates for Youth. Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
Sex Etc.
Sex, Etc. is online magazine,blog, and chat room, developed by Answer, a national organization dedicated to providing and promoting comprehensive sexuality education to young people and the adults who teach them.

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Scenarios USA
Scenarios USA is a non-profit organization that uses writing and filmmaking to foster youth leadership, advocacy and self-expression in under-served teens.
Teen Talk
Teen Talk is online program offered by Planned Parenthood Federation of America. It features a chatroom, video blogs, and relationship and sexuality information from sexual health experts.
Women and Girls Can
The Women & Girls Collective Action Network is a center for consciousness-raising, training, dialogue and action around issues that matter to women and girls. They provide resources and support to create safe spaces for girls and women to develop as leaders, learn from one another, and take action to promote social justice.
Young Women’s Action
Team YWAT is a youth-led, adult-supported social change project in Chicago that empowers young women under 21 years old to take action on issues that affect their lives (particularly issues of violence against girls and young women).
Girlhood
"Girlhood" is a documentary that follows two teen girls, Shanae and Megan for three years, as they try to make a life for themselves both inside and outside of Baltimore’s juvenile justice system.

Girl's Theory
"Girls' Theory" was produce in a media workshop with teen girls. In their own voices, the girls cover topics such as violence, stereotypes of women, sex, relationships, reputation, and the future.
Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes “Beyond Beats and Rhymes”
is a riveting documentary that examines representations of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in hip-hop and rap music.
Looking For Love: Exploring Teen-Adult Relationships
“Looking for Love” is a documentary from Planned Parenthood focuses on five teens who discuss their experience with “dating” adults - both positive and negative-on camera.
Precious: Based On the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
Precious Jones is an inner-city high school girl, is illiterate, overweight, and pregnant as a result of incest. The movie, “Precious” explores her ability to become literate and survive her abuse with the help of an alternative-school teacher and group of teen girl friends.
Respect Me, Don’t Media Me
“Respect Me, Don't Media Me” examines the portrayal of young women in music videos and other media. It also asks the questions: what does this kind of portrayal mean for young women? How does it affect our lives, our decisions, our relationships? And what can we do to change it?

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The Souls of Black Girls
“The Souls of Black Girls” is a provocative news documentary that takes a critical look at how media images of women of color impact the self-esteem of young girls.
Joan Jacobs Brumberg, The Body Project

Lauren Greenfield, Girl Culture
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Alice Walker: The Color Purple