April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and in support, the Isla Vista Safe Committee has created videos to debunk certain “myths” about reporting sexual assault. Survivors often feel uncomfortable coming forward to report their experience because they worry they won’t be listened to or believed, or that their case will simply be thrown away. The three videos show that survivors will be believed — by law enforcement, prosecutors, and bystanders alike.
The videos encourage survivors to report their assaults and friends and family members of survivors to be supportive. The first is a one-minute clip that puts faces to the law enforcement officers who take reports and work to support sexual-assault survivors in Isla Vista. The second video features local prosecutors, and the third focuses on bystanders. All the clips feature Spanish-language speakers and include the hashtags #WeStandWithSurvivors and #ApoyamosALosSobrevivientes.