Sexual Assault and COVID-19

UM CAPS created a virtual guide (below) where you’ll find information about sexual assault and mental health, resources for supporting yourself or a friend, sexual violence and social identities, and strategies to practice self-care (even during a global pandemic). 

Sexual Assault Resource Guide

During times of crisis, the impact on survivors of sexual violence can be felt in a multitude of ways. The safety measures to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 present unique difficulties to survivors as they navigate challenges like a change in routine, an interruption to healing, or loneliness and isolation (just to name a few). 

The Me Too Movement has created an amazing toolkit for survivors during COVID-19 found HERE
Some notes for survivors from this resource are:

  • It’s okay to feel how you feel.
  • Give yourself time to grieve.
  • Practice self-care.
  • Rest.
  • Create a plan that keeps you safe.
  • Reach out and maintain social connections.

COVID-19 safety measures may also increase some risk factors for violence if someone is staying home with an abusive partner or family member. Now might be an especially helpful time to check in on a survivor in your life.

The Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault created THIS helpful visual to highlight the link between COVID-19 and sexual violence and the ways it may increase risk factors for survivors during this time. If you or a friend are feeling unsafe in your current living situation, know that there are resources to help.