HELP A LOVED ONE
If someone has reached out to you for support after a sexual assault, your response is very important. If your loved one is in need of immediate care, please refer to the “Get Help” page or call our 24-hour helpline. Our hotline advocates are also available to support you, as someone who is also affected by this experience.
How To Help
When a victim-survivor of sexual violence discloses their experience to you, it is important to:
Responses to AVOID
A positive and supportive response can make a huge positive difference for a victim-survivor of sexual violence, but a negative or hurtful response, even if unintentional, can be very damaging or re-traumatizing.
Below are some things to avoid. If you have responded in any of these ways in the past, you can still be supportive in helpful ways moving forward. Please reach out for support for yourself if you need it.