Chances are that you have been in a situation where you’ve seen or heard someone, maybe even a mate, use sexual violence.

What did you do? Did you speak up to say that it was wrong? Did you encourage them?

Or maybe you wanted to say something but didn’t know what to say?

What To Say is designed to give individuals the information they need to identify sexual violence and empower them to call it out.

What To Say will give you some safe ways to intervene when you witness sexual violence. It also provides advice on how to support a friend who tells you they’ve experienced sexual violence.

It’s definitely not easy speaking up, but being a supportive bystander is the right thing to do.

What To Say is part of a broader awareness raising campaign in Canberra called Summer of Respect. This campaign has run every summer since 2011 and each year we develop initiatives that raise awareness about sexual violence and start conversations about consent, communication and respect.

If you’re a survivor of sexual violence and need to talk to someone, call the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre on 6247 2525