How to Support...

Every person reacts differently to trauma—There is no "right" way to react to sexual violence.

Some people might completely shut down and seem blank; some might cry; some might want to act like nothing happened and go back to "normal." How a person feels one minute, one hour, one day, isn't how they'll always feel as they continue to process what has happened.

It can be difficult to know what to do or say to help when someone you care about is struggling with hard emotions like confusion, anger, blame, sadness, fear, helplessness. But there are ways for you to give support.