Don't assume the victim knows you believe them, don't assume they already know.
IT'S NOT THE VICTIMS FAULT
Don't pass judgement about the attack. An example would be saying; "That's horrible that it happened to you, but how many drinks did you have?" The last thing a victim needs is someone they trust victim-blaming them.
BE RESPECTFUL OF PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
The survivor has chosen to tell you their story. Don't tell anyone about their story without the survivor's permission. Be sensitive to the fact that the survivors might want to spend alone time, and encourage self love.
BE A GOOD LISTENER
When the survivor opens up, keep this in mind:
YOU AND THE SURVIVOR ARE NOT ALONE
All decisions are up to the victim but encourage to seek medical treatment, counseling and/or press charges against the assailant. Even after the shock, be there to support through flashbacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, fear and trouble sleeping or concentrating. Even when your supporting the survivor lean on the YWCA of Greater Flint.
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