You Can Help a Friend By...

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  • Understanding what sexual assault is and what it means to you.
  • Commending the victim for reaching out for help. Only the offender is at fault.
  • Letting your friend know you are there for them and want to help.
  • Offering to accompany your friend during steps he or she may choose to take.
  • Remaining calm and non-judgmental. This is extremely important. Hearing about sexual assault can make both people uncomfortable.
  • Believing in your friend. No one asks to be assaulted or raped.
  • Remembering that 2/3 of assaults are committed by someone the victim knows personally.
    • Do not assume.
    • Do not interrogate your friend and respect their privacy.
    • Do not pressure to report, while encouraging him or her to make their own decisions. ** Refer to “Reporting Process” **
  • Reporting any abuse involving a minor.
  • Respecting your friend's privacy and confidentiality. Don't disclose what he or she tells you to other people. Let your friend decide whom they want to confide in.
  • Realizing you may have similar feelings as your friend and you may need to seek out help as well.

Supplying Resources!

  • Counseling Center- has a counselor that specializes in sexual assault (395-2207)
  • Hazen Health Center – provides necessary medical care and support (395-2414)
  • Women’s Center- Provide information on resources & support- (395-5584)
  • Rape Crisis Hotline- Counselor available by appointment- 1-800-527-1757
  • The RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network)- 1-800-656-HOPE

Last Updated 11/16/17

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