Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (SPARC)

Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (SPARC) provides education and resources for preventing and responding to incidents of stalking. First, SPARC has developed several videos explaining what stalking is, representations, and behaviors. The behaviors, the potential traumatic responses, and some statistics are further explained on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

For victim-survivors, SPARC provides general tips, an incident logging sheet, a safety strategies sheet, and a Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile. While the center does not provide direct services for victim-survivors, they suggest The Victim Connect Resource Center (855.484.2846), The National Domestic Violence Hotline (1.800.799.7233), and The National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.4673).

For friends or loved ones, SPARC provides tips, along with a video to aid in supporting the victim.

Women’s Law Project

The Women’s Law Project is an organization that works to fight for accessibility to reproductive healthcare and abortion, and improving response to violence and discrimination against women. While the project works to provide services to a wider range of topics and actions, the project provides resources for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

Sexual Assault Resources (Main page)

Domestic Violence Resources– The page provides a number of different resources regarding common issues faced by victims of Domestic violence (i.e. protection orders, housing/shelters, insurance discrimination).

Me Too Movement

The #MeToo Movement took social media by storm in October 2017, originally founded by Taran Burke in 2006, to share the impact and prevalence of sexual violence in communities. The organization that developed from this movement continues to work to provide assistance to a large spectrum of survivors.

Links:

Home– Organization’s main page

Resource Library– a library of resources filterable by experience, needs, and identity (gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity and race)

Healing Room– a virtual room that provide guided meditations, healing playlists, journaling, and activities. Click around the “room” to find the different resources.

Support a Survivor– infosheet and toolkits for individuals in a survivor’s support network.

NIH- Coping with Traumatic Events

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) provides information on trauma and tips to cope with a traumatic event. Coping with Traumatic Events breaks down some warning signs of what can trauma can look like in a person.

Individuals who have experienced a traumatic event can respond with feelings of anxiousness, a depressed mood, or anger. They can have trouble concentrating, eating, or sleeping. It’s important to know that each individual is different. The warning signs listed in this article may not encompass everything that a person experiences.

The article provides additional resources on the responses and some ways to cope with these responses.

Sexual Assault Care Center

Based in Canada, the Sexual Assault Care Center provides answers to several questions a survivor may have after a sexual assault. The About Us page lays out the expected process a survivor will experience when receiving medical attention or a Sexual Assault Examination Kit. On the Home page “bubbles” are laid out to provide information on some experiences or thoughts a victim-survivor may have. The site has information on self-blame, what to do next, and fear of not being believe.

Getting Your Life Back offers resources to turn to for support, responses to trauma, and how to discuss the incident with your family and friends. Since You Asked provides information on frequently asked questions, myths and facts, legal definitions and protections for survivors of sexual assault. (Note: these laws and protections apply to residents of Canada).

Taking Me Back- Supporting Survivors

Taking Me Back is an independent poster that supports sexual assault survivors through posts on a variety of information. The page discusses survivors like Vanessa Guillen, Toyin Salua, Daisy Coleman, and many other survivors, as well as current policies and the impact that they have for survivors. The page posts resources specific to different identities.

Instagram: @_taking.me.back_

Twitter: @_takingmeback_

Website: https://takingmeback18.wixsite.com/-tmb

Secondary Survivors Facebook Group

A support system is crucial for a survivor to heal. Members in this support system can be considered “Secondary Survivors”. It may be difficult to imagine or completely understand what the survivor has gone through.The Secondary Survivors group is a peer group that aims to provide tools and resources for the secondary survivors to better understand the experience of the survivor. They have educational handouts, videos, articles, and other mediums to empower secondary survivors to better understand and cope with the incident.

While a survivor has the experience with assault, abuse, or rape, those who are supporting the survivor can experience trauma or feelings of guilt. It is possible to experience secondary trauma or a traumatic response to what someone else experienced. As a secondary survivor, you may also experience times in which you are unaware of what to do to support the survivor.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood offers reproductive health care, sex education, and other information regarding similar topics to people all over the world. The organization aims to advocate for public policies that guarantee the rights and access to the services and education the organization can provide.

Under the learn tab (across the top bar), Planned Parenthood has provided educational material on a variety of topics. Notable topics include:

A breakdown of services can be found here: Our Services

Location in Kalamazoo: 4201 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49006

Start by Believing

Originating from End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), Start by Believing is a worldwide effort to support survivors and end gender-based violence. EVAWI aims to improve policy and institutional practices dealing with incidents of gender-based violence. The organization offers information and resources for advocates working with survivors.

Start by Believing emphasizes the initial step of supporting a survivor of gender-based violence by believing them. Over 9000 people submitted pledges to commit to believing survivors and supporting them through their healing process. You can make a personal commitment to this cause here: Pledge.

Helping a Survivor

What To Say offers those who are listening to survivors’ statements to validate the survivor’s feelings and experiences. The organization also provides a list of tips for speaking with survivors: Helping a Survivor.

Survivors

Navigating the experience that you had can be difficult, particularly when you can’t name it. Define What Happened explains the differences between sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, and sexual harassment. Another step is to explore what resources and options you have. Explore Your Options provides affirmations and services to contact. Actions You Can Take provides information on medical services along with forensic exams (also known as a SANE exam). The page provides reporting options: to law enforcement, to Title IX offices, and to the military system.

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night began in the 1960s to bring awareness to sexual violence and to support victims. Events all over the world contribute to the message of strength and support for survivors of sexual violence.

Take Back the Night offers free legal assistance. You can contact the legal support team through the following form (Free Legal Assistance) or call 567-SHATTER (567-742-8837). The legal team will provide support and resources, judgement-free.

The organization provides survivors with an opportunity to share their stories. Stories can be submitted here: Share Your Story. The collection also includes a few articles about recovery and sharing your survivor story as a form of empowerment.