Reporting a Rape
Feelings of Survivors
Helping a Friend
If I Went to the Centre
16 Days of Action
Child Sexual Abuse
Helping a Friend Who Has Been Assaulted.
Make sure that your friend is in a safe place and encourage
them to seek medical attention (STDís and pregnancy may be a concern).
Encourage your friend not to
change clothes or shower after the attack, as it could destroy physical
Commend your friend for surviving the assault.
Let your friend know that you care and will continue to do
Stress that the attack was not your friendís fault at all.
Believe without judgement.
Say that no one deserves to be raped no matter what they
do, say, wear, or what decisions they make.
Try not to be overly protective.
Let your friend take control
and make as many choices as possible.
Accept your friendís decision
about whether to prosecute when that decision is made.
Listen and be attainable.
Be patient and understanding.
Everyone has their own timetable for recovery.
Encourage your friend to seek
support from others and to have more than one support person.
Suggest soothing activities for your friend.
It is okay not to know the
answers to all of the questions that come up.
Make sure that you have support and outlets for your
Cope with your own feelings away from your friend.