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Social network support for survivors of sexual violence

Have you ever had someone close to you share a story of experiencing sexual violence? How did you respond? What did you do next?

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Team Amplify identified "leveraging support networks" as one of the key Opportunity Areas in this challenge. So far in this area, we've seen ideas around group commutes, global conversation amongst youth, and mapped success stories from women-centered orgs, among other things. 

I'm particularly interested in the story exchange that happens thanks to a network/community. More and more people are breaking the silence to share personal stories of sexual harassment or violence, and this is especially true within a close network of women – e.g. in a public laundry area, as Cansu described – where a safe space grows and individuals exchange personal experiences alongside resources and support. 

So I wonder: As women and girls become more comfortable and empowered to exchange stories, what should you do or say when someone in your social network – say a close friend – shares a personal story of having experienced sexual violence?

Read more about what stirred this idea in my latest CCC update on the OpenIDEO blog:  here.

For now, my idea stops at recognizing that there might be a need for a guide to address such a scenario. Guardians of this resource might be a "Bindi" community concierge, a woman who hosts Kandu meetups, a community platform like Badal Ja!, or women-centered NGOs. 

While I'm still thinking through it, I wanted to open up the discussion and brainstorming to the community!


Explain your idea in one sentence.

Community-tailored guides for supporting survivors of sexual violence.

What is the need you are trying to solve?

As women and girls become more comfortable and empowered to share stories of experiencing sexual violence, a guide on best practices for HOW the community can support the survivor would be invaluable.


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