Understanding and preventing rape culture is essential in this fight against sexual assault.
While prevention remains the primary method of combating these staggering numbers, it will take generational change to learn the immense value of consent and respecting one another. Women should not be forced to dress certain ways, or constantly look over their shoulder during a late night walk, or be wary when not with a group of people. There should be legitimate repercussions for assailants' actions, which is not seen now, when only 6 out of 1,000 predators ends up in jail.
We shouldn't be silenced for something that happened outside our control, and voicing our support for one another is where we should start. By taking a stand today, we can prevent the same from happening tomorrow.