Often, the first person a victim tells is not the police or the ER doc; rather, it is a trusted friend or mentor. How that person reacts makes a huge difference in terms of the survivor's recovery.
Do not doubt them, minimize their concerns, or panic. Instead, listen carefully, express empathy and support, believe them, let them know that it is not their fault, and encourage them to seek medical care and to make a report as per your institution's guidelines.
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Being an Ally and Advocate
Concerned Persons Sexual Assault Response Guide
Your support can make a big difference to someone who has been sexually assaulted. Learn how to respond in an empathetic manner and take care of yourself.
PAVE: Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment
A multi-chapter nonprofit organization that uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual violence through targeted social, educational and legislative tactics. Start a chapter at your campus!
Start by Believing
This is a public awareness campaign designed to change the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in our communities. When someone comes to you . . . what will your reaction be? http://www.startbybelieving.org/Default.aspx
MDH Sexual Violence Prevention Network
The Sexual Violence Prevention Network (SVPN) is a network of people interested in or working in the field of sexual violence prevention. Anyone is welcome to join our mailing list or attend SVPN meetings. http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/topic/svp/implement/network/index.cfm
Understanding Sexual Violence Fact Sheet
A 2 page fact sheet about sexual violence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (PDF: 203KB, 2 pages) http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/SV_Factsheet-a.pdf
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