by Emiliano C. Diaz de Leon, Men’s Engagement Specialist, Texas Coalition Against Sexual Assault
It has been my experience over the past five years, through requests for assistance, site visits, regional meetings, and annual state conferences that there exists a continuum of readiness amongst our organizational members, advocates, volunteers, and board members in regards to providing services to a diverse group of male survivors of sexual violence. As such, it is imperative that we, as sexual assault state/territory coalitions, be both willing and able to assist each center based on their particular readiness. While this may seem like an insurmountable task, especially given the constant barriers of staff capacity, lack of resources, and funding, we must be committed to affecting change one center at a time.
In thinking about how to do this, I am reminded of a quote from Emily Dickinson, which reads: "If you take care of the small things, the big things will follow."
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