For survivors of sexual violence, self-care can seem like a radical idea. Short of self-harm and substance abuse, there is no right or wrong way to care for yourself. Any and all types of self-care are valid; do not let someone tell you what self-care should look like. Your version of self-care may be watching YouTube cooking videos, or going on long hikes, or writing in your journal. Sometimes self-care might take the form of talking to your school's therapist or calling a crisis hotline. Whatever you choose, remember that you and your choices are valid.
If you would like to learn more about self-care as a survivor and ways to dismantle rape culture, please click on the links below:
- Survivors and Activists Alike Don't Own Anybody Anything Except the Care of Themselves - MTV
- No is a Complete Sentence - Jasmine
- How To Help A Friend Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted - Everyday Feminism
- Ten Things to End Rape Culture - The Nation