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Participant 1: I feel like, it’d be harder, especially for us Black men, as we are told to “be tough.” We have a perception that we’re “hard” and all this stuff. So, I think it…

I would definitely have this conversation [around sexual assault] with my mother, grandmother, and older women around me that I consider influential. With that being said, I would also like to discuss this topic with…

First, [if a friend came to me for advice after an experience of sexual violence] I would ask them what they wanted to do and then based on what they feel or what they want…

The main thing in any type of sexual assault, […] especially if it’s a woman, oftentimes we blame ourselves. I’ve never had that happen to me, but talking to other people who’ve gone through these…

The best advice I can give anyone is to be a listener, but in a non-judgmental way, and just let them tell their truth and their story without pushing them to do something that they…

I would say, like, three major [suggestions], for anyone providing help in these situations are: (1) Check your privilege. Know what that looks like, know who you are, know your position. (2) If you’re not…

There are so many biases that come with different ethnicities, so it is important to listen with an open mind and to remove any biases before someone discloses. As we know, if you don’t feel…

Participant 1: For instance, “filing a report directly to the police” [as suggested to survivors in a 2019 SV/SA policy] – it’s little things like that, like, if we are speaking from the perspective of…

Participant 1: I also think they should have more people of colour available to help someone. A woman or guy of colour might not feel comfortable going to someone that wouldn’t understand them […]. So,…

I think with sexual assault policies and with sexual assault itself, there are always a lot of grey areas – a lot of iffy things that don’t make sense. And specifically, as a Black male,…

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