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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.
- 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