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Sexual Assault: Survivor Support & Social Change

April 25, 2019
Samantha Heuwagen Lexi Sylver Sexual Assault SDC Podcast

My dear Lexual friends,

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The reality is, every day should be recognized as being aware of sexual assault and learning how to educate others on all the things we can do to prevent it.

Sexual assault affects everyone, whether you yourself are a survivor or know someone else who has survived sexual assault.

This episode was a more serious subject than some of my more lighthearted podcasts, but it’s one that absolutely needed to be explored. I invite Samantha Heuwagen to talk about the comprehensive definitions of sexual assault and consent, and how to understand the role of our current social framework and culture in the power dynamics that underlie sexual assault, including why people may choose not to report incidences.

Samantha Heuwagen Lexi Sylver Sexual Assault SDC Podcast

You may have noticed that in recent years, mainstream media has been increasingly filled with news mentioning sexual assault, whether talking about Olympic coach Larry Nassar, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, TV personality Bill Cosby, and more of the major public figures whose abominable behavior have warranted legal charges.

You may also have noticed that throughout all of those news cycles, there were tons of people who engaged in victim-blaming and not believing the survivors. Whether you are a survivor of assault or not, those news cycles were extremely difficult to follow. I felt anger for those who sided with these men who had committed these crimes, and felt compassion for those women who were being blamed for their behavior, how they dressed, or being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I know I’m not the only one who experienced exhaustion after these media frenzies.

We also cover how survivors can obtain support, and how loved ones of survivors can provide support to them in times of need.

Importantly, we also talk about how people can educate each other about consent and how to be role models for others in terms of behavior, respect and treatment of others and their boundaries, and how this can help us change stigmas and prevent incidences of assault from happening in the first place.

So listen tonight at 8 PM Eastern on The Sexy Lifestyle Network via Voice America.

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Lexi Sylver

Lexi Sylver is the Montreal-based erotica author of Mating Season and All the Queen’s Men. She enjoys having a kinky and unconventional lifestyle and sharing her stories and experiences with others. Lexi hosts and produces SDC.com’s sexuality podcast, Seek, Discover, Create with Lexi Sylver. As an entrepreneur, advocate, educator, public speaker and coach for consensual non-monogamy and the swinging lifestyle, she journeys the world to attend travel events and conferences. She regularly contributes articles about sexuality and relationships to Pornhub’s Sexual Wellness Center, ASN Lifestyle Magazine, SDC.com and her personal blog. As the Media Director for SDC.com, the world’s largest adult sex education and swingers dating platform, Lexi collaborates with sexuality, health and relationship experts to provide reliable resources for those who seek it. In her work as an advocate, educator and coach for consensual non-monogamy and the swinging lifestyle, she travels frequently to conferences and speaks publicly at events like The Montreal Taboo Sex Show (Le Salon de l’Amour et de la Séduction). Lexi wrote and creatively produced many movies, series and scenes in the adult entertainment industry and was nominated in 2017 for an AVN award for Best Screenplay. She is a published erotic author with her new book, a collection of erotic short stories called Mating Season, now available. Her mission is to promote empowerment and education by guiding you to shamelessly explore your Lexuality!

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