Both the physical and emotional safety of a person is always affected by sexual violence. For this reason, it is important that a safety plan is established for helping in the identification of different ways that can guarantee and increase the safety of the affected individual.
Effective safety plans can only be created with the help of a friend, a family member, or an advocate that is knowledgeable when it comes to matters of sexual violence. You should understand that a typical safety plan must address:
• Emotional safety. Various strategies should be crafted that can help the survivor get through emotionally difficult times.
• Safety at home. Coming up with ways to ensure that a survivor feels safe and secure at home.
• Assault memories. Plan strategies to be utilized or implemented in case the memories of the sexual violence resurface during day-to-day living.
• Survivor safety if he/she is still in contact with the sexual assault offender. You should develop different ways that ensure that you are safe in the situation demanding that you still be in connection with the offender.
• Safety through the criminal justice proceedings. You should strategize to ensure that you have not only a sense of safety but also control during criminal proceedings.
• Helpful community resources. You should have a list of important phone numbers for people you can contact in case you need any help related to sexual violence.
You can contact the BCC center through 1-800-656-4673 to help you with creating your tailored safety plan. Note that you should store your safety plan in a location that is secret and safe to eliminate the possibility of being discovered by the offender. You should also consider if you want your safety plan to be shared with anyone else important in your life such as your therapist or employer.