Anyone can be a victim of sexual violence--and with rates on campuses of 20-25% over the course of their college career, there's a good change it's someone you know.
Friends are often 'first responders' when a victim discloses. Often, the reaction of the first person a survivor tells determines their willingness to make a report, seek medical attention, and commence their recovery process. You aren't going to have all the answers, or even know what to say, but the best thing is to believe the person, listen empathetically, don't blame them, be patient, and help them plan their next steps.
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