How you can help...

  • Listen

  • Be Patient

  • Don't push - allow them to remain in control of what they want to share with you

  • Reassure them that you won't tell anyone else (unless a child is at risk of harm)

  • Avoid feeling responsible or trying to fix things

  • Accept and don't judge

  • Ask how you can help or be supportive

  • Avoid asking intrusive questions about the abuse

  • Learn about the effects of sexual violence and ways of coping that might help

  • Be compassionate, including toward yourself

Information for your family & friends

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