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Helping a Friend

If a friend tells you they have been sexually assaulted:

  • Listen

    • Often someone who is in crisis just needs someone to listen to their story. You can demonstrate that you are really listening by not judging or questioning what you are hearing

  • Be supportive

    • Keep an open mind and withhold your judgment; no matter what someone was doing/wearing NO ONE deserves to be assaulted

  • Remember that different people react differently to trauma and that whatever their response is, it is okay and it is normal

    • Let your friend decide what they want to talk about, do not push your friend to talk about things they are not ready to share

  • If the assault was recent, encourage your friend to seek medical attention

  • Offer to help connect them to resources such as PAR or counseling

  • Remind your friend that you care

  • Don’t forget to take care of yourself and practice self-care

    • All of our services are free, you are welcome to call our 24/7 hotline at 843-745-0144 to speak with an advocate about talking to a friend

    • We also offer a support group specifically for loved ones of survivors of sexual assault. This free group is held on the fourth Monday of every month from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Reach out to Rex by email at or by phone at 843-577-9882 if you are interested in attending.

Ayudando a una amiga o a un amigo

Si una amiga o amigo te dice que ha sido agredido sexualmente:

  • Escucha

    • A menudo quien está en crisis, solo quiere a alguien que escuche su historia. Puedes demostrar que estás realmente escuchando, no juzgues o preguntes sobre lo que estás escuchando

  • Apoya

    • Mantén una mente abierta y guarda tus prejuicios. No importa lo que se está haciendo o vistiendo; NADIE merece ser agredido sexualmente

  • Recuerda que personas diferentes, reaccionan de forma diferente a experiencias traumáticas. Cualquiera que sea su respuesta, está bien y es totalmente natural

    • Deja a tu amiga o amigo decidir cuando quieren hablar sobre ello, no presiones a tu amiga/o a hablar sobre cosas para la que no está preparada/o para compartir

  • Si la agresión fue reciente anima a tu amiga/o a obtener cuidados médicos

  • Ofrecer ayuda para encontrar recursos como PAR o terapia

  • Recuerdale a tu amiga/o que le importas

  • No te olvides de cuidarte  y de practicar autocuidado

    • Todos nuestros servicios son gratuitos, te animamos a llamarnos a nuestra línea de ayuda (Disponible 24 horas al día) en el número 843-745-0144, para hablar con un asesor sobre cómo hablar con una amiga o amigo