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Middle Eastern Female

North Africa

Unfortunately, our culture sometimes has the tendency to blame the victim, blaming it on how they were dressed. Probably the biggest thing they say is, “You were dressing too inappropriately, so you were asking for…

No matter your background, 90% of the time it’s assumed that the female has more power to go and say, “I’ve been sexually assaulted,” and they will have more help. I think it’s time to…

In our culture, sexual assault is considered one of the taboo subjects. It is never talked about. Victims have to suffer through [it] alone, in silence, which makes it much harder. So, I think it…

How much proof do I need to actually need? How much evidence do I need to prove that I have actually been victimized? Because it is always a topic with these cases. So, how much…

I don’t know if this is relevant, but there’s this stereotype about North Africans or Arabs that they are “controlling”- which sometimes makes it easier to violate this policy. By saying that, “this person is…

I would probably explain or show the victim/survivor that there are other ways to get help other than talking to me. At the same time, I would see if they are comfortable talking about the…

You shouldn’t blame the victim. You shouldn’t say, for example, “Oh, you were too drunk,” or, “You were dressing inappropriately.” You should always listen and understand what is consent. Never try to manipulate the whole…

I would also say, being calm in an uncomfortable situation [is important when someone discloses to you]. You don’t wanna be the person that freaks out when they’re already freaking out and telling you about…

[If a friend discloses to you], I think for sure you need to be a good listener. You need to listen to all the person has to say. You also need to be a good…

[If a friend discloses to me], I will try to explain in a calm and cool-headed way, and probably confidently as well, in the sense that when you are faced with a big problem, you…