HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR CIRCLE OF 6
Circle of 6 is a community and a state of mind. It fosters the formation of groups based on trust and accountability and promotes a culture of care, where friends look out for each other and work together to eliminate violence in their communities. Ideally, all of your friends will be part of the solution, whether or not they’re in your circle.
HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO CHOOSE YOUR CIRCLE:
Take time when choosing your 6 friends. Think carefully: who is likely to answer your text? Who keeps their phone on and next to their pillow at night? Who is reliable? Who do you trust to have your back?
KEEP IT LOCAL
Make sure that at least half of your Circle lives close by, so when you need them they’re a short trip away.
TALK IT OVER
You should talk to the people who you want to add and make sure they understand the responsibilities involved. Would you return the favor?
Your Circle should be made up of people you know you can trust. It can include friends from home, your Resident Advisor and people you feel safe with.
Remember: it’s only 2 taps to change your circle! Keep your people up to date if you move dorms, go abroad or make new friends!
A GROUP FOR SUPPORT, CONVERSATION AND HELP
What’s the best way to support a friend who may have been sexually assaulted? What are the right words to interrupt a situation when someone looks uncomfortable? Check out these resources to learn how to listen, be supportive and stand up for safety. By getting informed about sexual consent and healthy relationships, you can be a better friend to people in your circle and your community.
DO YOU WANT...
- Help getting out of danger?The Scarleteen Safety Plan
- To know how consenting works?Driver's Ed for the Sexual Superhighway: Navigating Consent
- To understand what abuse and assault are?Blinders Off: Getting a Good Look at Abuse and Assault
- Making high-stakes choices?Risky Business: Learning to Consider Risk and Make Sound Sexual Choices
- Learning how to advocate for yourself?Be Your Own Superhero: Learning How and When to Stand Up for Ourselves
- Saying no, even when you really want to say yes?Saying No When You Really, Really, Really Want to Say Yes
- Some ideas about how to take good care of yourself?Self-Care a La Carte
- Quality in-person healthcare or other support services, like crisis housing, counselingor services for an unplanned pregnancy? Check out our international database at:Help Near You
ARE YOU OR A FRIEND A SURVIVOR OF ABUSE OR ASSAULT LOOKING FOR HELP AND SUPPORT?
Here are some of our pages to help get you started and feeling supported:
- The Scarleteen Safety Plan
- Dealing With Rape
- Self-Care When It's Scary
- From Victim To Survivor
- The Pursuit of Hope
- Was it sexual harassment? Was it my fault?
- I'm a sexual abuse survivor: how do I get okay being intimate again?
- As a sexual abuse survivor, can I only connect to people sexually?
- I was raped a few years ago: how do I tell others and build trust again?
- Navigating sex and sexuality after a long history of abuse and assault
- He's my boyfriend, so how could it have been rape?
- My best friend raped me last year, and I'm just starting to deal with it
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