I am supporting someone

How can you support someone you care about.

It can be really hard for someone to talk about being raped or sexually assaulted. How you respond to them can make a real difference.

You may be feeling anxious, angry, sad or distant from your friend or relative. These are very normal responses to seeing someone you care about hurting.Their reactions, associated with the trauma of rape and sexual abuse, are natural safety mechanisms.

  • Listen to them and don’t ask too many questions - let them speak at a time and pace that feels right for them.
  • Reassure them that their feelings are normal.
  • Respect their decision on whether they want to report it to the police or not.
  • Be patient.
  • Believe them.
  • Continue to offer unconditional support and love.
  • Ask them what they need and how you can help.