from the Winona County Primary Prevention Project (PPP)
Be a Learner: Learn about the facts and red flags of domestic and sexual violence. When available come to informative community panels and presentations. Use the resources we have given you in this packet to research updated and scholarly information on the internet.
Be a Listener: When someone talks about an experience which may sound like sexual assault or domestic violence, speak as little as possible. Let the person tell their story. Don’t question their actions or what they did. Listen to them tell you what was happening in their life.
Be a Supporter: Offer the person support. Ask them if they want to ask the Women’s Resource Center of Winona for additional help. Ask them if they need a ride or help in getting to a place for help. Ask them what they want; do not tell them what to do.
Be an Up-stander: If you see a person taking someone from the bar who is too drunk to go home with someone else, speak up, and ask the drunken person if they know the person taking them, or talk to a bouncer or bartender about the situation, or see if you can find the friends the drunken person came in with. If you see someone being hurt, or yelled at, decide whether you can get involved safely. You may want to ask someone for help; remember it isn’t always safe to intercede.
Be a Leader: In your place of work bring up discussions of domestic and sexual violence. With others, think of ways to help make your work site a place which supports survivors and stands up against abusers. What this could look like would be different in each work site. If you have questions or would like some help to make prevention plans, please contact us. We are more than willing to meet with you and whomever you would want to help develop a plan.
Be a Teacher: Use your knowledge to teach people about the facts of sexual and domestic violence. Be truthful about its effects and the number of incidents in Winona County. Talk about ways to prevent violence.
Be a Speaker: Speak out against sexual & domestic violence in your community, at events and through your actions. Participate in the messaging campaign to raise awareness and to speak out against violence. Speak up when someone tells an anti-woman joke or story – say it’s not funny and supports violence and woman abuse.
Be a Policy Maker: Work to implement preventive policies and practices where you are employed, in your organization, or faith community. Show support for legislation which helps survivors and prevents domestic and sexual violence before it starts. Support educational policies which teach children about preventing sexual and domestic violence and encourage respect for all.
Resources for Primary Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence
Local Contact Information:
Adrik Curtis – Systems Advocate; Women’s Resource Center of Winona
Joe Morse – Primary Prevention Project-Board Chair; Beyond Tough Guise-President
Women’s Resource Center – Project Partner 507-452-4440
Beyond Tough Guise – Project Partner
Lynn Theurer – Primary Prevention Project – Board Secretary
Minnesota and National Resources:
MN Men’s Action Network: Alliance to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence
Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) www.mncasa.org
Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) www.mcbw.org
Minnesota Department of Health: Sexual Violence Prevention Program www.health.state.mn.us/svp/
Federal Office of Violence Against Women www.ovw.usdoj.gov/