Chanté Dent is a former rape crisis counselor and founder of Earnest Love, Inc., a Christ-centered organization that offers support groups to survivors of sexual assault. She is also a volunteer member of RAINN's Speakers Bureau. She is a wife and mother who is passionate about helping people heal from the pain of their past so they can love and live again.
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Healing the Brokenhearted: Help Prevent Sexual Violence
I would never want anyone to experience what I endured and my hope is that everyone will join the fight to help end sexual assault.
If you ever find that you are a bystander, be bold and intervene for someone who is in danger of being sexually assaulted. Even when you are out with friends and familiar faces, do not let your guard down; unfortunately, 38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance.
You may find yourself in a situation where you see something that is not quite right. Do not hesitate to step in. Ask questions if someone seems uncomfortable, and interrupt the situation. Show them that you care.Call for help if need be, but by all means, do not leave them alone. When you intervene, you help raise awareness and debunk myths about sexual assault.
If you know someone who has been sexually assaulted, listen to them and believe them. Your presence, boldness, and support can make all the difference.