Don't assume the victim knows you believe them, don't assume they already know.
"it's not your 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.
"You 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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If you're in immediate danger or feel unsafe, call 911.
Be supportive through the process.
Acknowledge that they are in a very difficult situation by being supportive and listen
Be non-judgmental by not criticizing their decision or try to guilt them.
Encourage to practice self-care
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