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The Role of CloseFriends and Family

Here are some tips to help you when someoneconfides in you that have been sexually assaulted

Harmful Reactions

Judging

Doubting

Minimizing, or else dramatizing the events

Finding fault

Ignoring the situation

Helpful Reactions

Listening

Believing

Receiving

Encouraging the person to be strong

Supporting

Banishing Guilt

Encouraging the person to make their owndecisions

If you feel as though you are unable to emotionally distance yourself from the victim’s situation, this is normal. Do not hesitate to seek help and support from a specialized professional.

Some information on this web site has been taken in part or in whole from the Information Guide for Sexual Assault Victims (2008)

Services offered to all people who are victims of sexual assault and their loved ones

Please click on services section of this web site for more details.

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