How To Help a Friend Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

BELIEVE your friend.

LISTEN
without judging.

TELL
them you care.  

FOLLOW
your friend's lead. Support his/her decisions.

REASSURE
your friend that this is not her fault.

RESPECT
your friend’s confidentiality; do not confront the attacker.

EXPECT
all sorts of emotions, including lack of emotion and/or shock.

GIVE
your friend time. The recovery process is different for each victim and it may take time.


If someone has sexually assaulted you, you are not alone. This website offers resources for sexual assault survivors.