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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 Tuesday of every other month from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Check out our flyer for more information and reach out to Leigh by email at Advocate@PeopleAgainstRape.org or by phone at 843-577-9882 if you are interested in attending.