The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA), an Arnold-based nonprofit, has launched a new campaign this week highlighting the difference one person can make.
"It's overwhelming. The statistics are staggering, and it can feel like we'll never end sexual violence, or even make a dent in the epidemic numbers," said Lisae C. Jordan, of MCASA, in a release. "But just one person can make a difference."
The new campaign, titled The Power of One, teaches intervening strategies for situations of sexual violence, harassment, intimidation or disrespect. Some of these strategies include:
- Be direct. Walk up and intervene. Respectfully ask that the offender stop the behavior and explain to them why it’s wrong.
- Distract. Use a diversion to stop the behavior. Walk up and ask for directions or ask for the time. If it’s someone you know, talk about something you have in common with them.
- Delegate. Ask a friend, use the buddy system or call your local authorities to stop the behavior.
"Just one person can protect a survivor and show that someone cares. Just one person can show all of the onlookers how to intervene and why to intervene," Jordan said.
For more information on MCASA, call 410-974-4507, email email@example.com or visit the organization's website. MCASA's Arnold offices are located at 1517 Gov. Ritchie Highway, Suite 207.