Support a Victim/Survivor
If a friend or someone you know has experienced sexual and gender based violence, they may experience a variety of physical, emotional, and spiritual reactions. For some, the emotional impact of experiencing violence can be immediate and short-term. For others, the effects can be long lasting. Your friend or loved one may find it helpful to talk to a counselor or advocate about these feelings.
You can help:
- Listen & Validate
- Believe and support a person to the best of your ability
- Allow the victim/survivor to control the situation
- Don't blame, shame, judge
- Encourage the person to seek support for their healing
- Let the person know they are not to blame and not alone.
- Be patient and empathetic
Take Care of Yourself:
- Understand your own feelings
- Know and respect your own limits
- Don't be afraid to ask for outside help
- Remember that it is not your fault