It can be hard to know what to do to help a friend or family member who has been sexually assaulted or raped. Here are a couple of links that will help you to get a better understanding about what you can do or say that will be helpful (or not helpful) to your loved-one. Also included are suggestions about how to care for yourself as this will undoubtedly cause you some trauma as well.
What should I do if I know someone who needs help?
- Believe the survivor. It isn’t your job to investigate the crime.
- Listen to the survivor. Let the survivor talk and tell the story. Ask what you can do to be supportive at this difficult time.
- Refer the survivor to the campus victim advocates. We can make sure the survivor knows exactly what resources and options are available to help after experiencing gender-based violence.
- If you are a University of Utah employee, you are required to report to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.