Quotations from Jeremy Nevilles-Sorell, Mending the Sacred Hoop. Based on a presentation by Bonnie Clairmont at a MSH-TA sponsored sexual assault training March 4-6, 2001 in Minneapolis, MN.
"Sexual assault is not an exclusive act of aggression but should be considered as part of a continuum of attitudes, beliefs, and actions that support sexual violence. It should also be understood that sexual violence is an outgrowth of the larger issue of sexism. In order to have an impact on sexual violence a community must take steps that address smaller issues as they relate to the larger issue"
"At this point on the sexual violence continuum, the perpetrator of such actions usually suffers few consequences for his behavior. Most of these consequences are social. He may be ignored, avoided, or chastised by the woman he’s targeted or others that witness the incident, or he may be kicked out of a public place, such as a restaurant or bar. The level of intervention at this point will vary significantly based on the community’s level of acceptance for such behavior"
Link to full article:
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence. “Training Materials .” Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence, www.azcadv.org/azcadv2014wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/sexual-violence-continuum.pdf.