Diversity, Non-Discrimination, Cultural Competency, Anti-Oppression, and Social Justice: Making Connections with Advocacy and the Experiences of Survivors
Diversity, non-discrimination, cultural competency, anti-oppression, & social justice are not synonyms - they are not words that replace one another, nor are they words that connote the same meaning or the same type of interaction. As advocates, how do we take into account power relations and oppression?! We talk about “meeting people where they are at,” meaning regardless of when the sexual assault took place, the dynamics involved, where they’re at in their healing process, or how they identify in terms of group membership, we connect with them as advocates and aspiring allies. Advocating on behalf of survivors and being an ally includes thinking about services, survivors, and yourself in terms of diversity, cultural competency, anti-oppression, and social justice.