Campus Wellness

Help for friends of Sexual Assault

If a friend of yours has been sexually assaulted, there are several things you can do to help them recover.  Most importantly, it is important to believe them without questioning. Very few people lie about being sexually assaulted.  Remember that the offender took the survivor's power away by sexually assaulting them, and part of the healing process is about feeling empowered and in control of her/his own life.  Below are some other tips:

How to Respond:

Instead of saying:
                  “Why didn’t you fight back?”
                  “Are you sure?”
                  “Why did you go to his room alone?”
                  “What happened?”
                  “I am sorry this happened to you.”
                  “How are you feeling?”
                  “You did the best you could to survive.”