Upworthy: This Is How You Can Help Sexual Assault Survivors Feel Safe In Trump’s America

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You’re voting in tiny yet profound ways every single day, and this matters. This is the do-over.

You vote when you laugh at a rape joke. You vote when you explain away an actor’s — or a candidate’s — history of violence against women. You vote when you refuse to step in when you see someone’s consent being violated. You vote when you ignore statistics that say we’re all around you, watching you, hoping you’ll do something to support us.

And with every vote, you’re endorsing either the survivor or the assailant. So what do I need from you? This week, I need you to ask yourself: “If I do this, if I vote like this, who will be in power? Will I be endorsing the survivor? Or will I be casting my vote for the assailant?”

Right now, even if you don’t know it, you’re surrounded by survivors who are afraid and struggling. They’re your coworkers and friends and family members and strangers, and they all have one thing in common: They’re waiting to see if they can trust you.

This week, I’m asking you to empower those who have had their power taken away.

We can’t change what happened last night, but you can help support survivors moving forward.

Speak out. Promote a crisis hotline. Donate to a local rape crisis organization. Make it clear that regardless of who is in the highest office in this land, you will do what it takes to support survivors.

If I can ask anything from you this week, it’s your endorsement. I need an ally. I need someone in my corner, someone who has my back. I need someone who will fight with me as we work to protect other people who are oppressed and scared, someone who will text me at 5 a.m., and call out awful rape jokes, and take care of me.

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