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Someone from a different culture may not understand

I believe that the thoughts, and the ideology of "the victim" is created from where they grow up, or what they are being taught. So, my [suggestion] is to let [...] someone who understands the cultural background or the society where the victim grew up [support the victim], so that they can talk to them and share with them their feelings and give them the appropriate advice they need. Yeah, because, someone from a different culture may not understand or completely know what that students are saying or sharing, so, maybe there should be another specialist or another counselor who knows them well.

Recommendations

  • Create an inter-university and college roster of peer supporters and educators that includes international and domestic student leaders across genders.

  • Sign on with a service such as KeepMe.Safe, which connects students with mental health professionals from cultures around the world and promote this service as part of university SV/SA service provision.

  • When responding to a disclosure or report of sexual violence involving racially or ethnically marginalized students, provide these students with the choice to work with someone who shares their cultural or racial identity or someone who does not.

  • Engage in activities to develop cultural responsiveness as it pertains to sexual violence prevention and response. Apply culturally responsive practices in these areas.

  • Consider how a student's identities might affect their expectations and concerns when accessing supports following a sexual assault, or when involved in a sexual assault investigation.