Support a loved one – Sexual Violence Awareness Month 2022
Sometimes a person just needs you to listen and believe them and that is enough.
Ask them what they need and how you can help
Be guided by your family member or friend on how you can help. Don’t jump into action unless a loved one asks you to.
Stay in touch
If they become distant or withdrawn, it’s important you keep a line of communication open by letting them know you are here to talk whenever they need. Their support network is critical in their recovery form an experience of sexual assault.
Share support services with them
Let them know that services like the Sexual Assault Helpline are free and confidential to access.
Don’t push them for details
You don’t need to know everything about their experience of sexual assault to be supportive. Let them share with you what they feel comfortable with and allow them to share things with you in their own time.
Avoid interrogating your friend or family member about what happened or what could have been done to have prevented an assault. This is victim-blaming and a victim, survivor is never to blame.
Call us for free advice
You can call the Sexual Assault Helpline if you are a friend or family member of someone who has experienced sexual assault and you need some more advice on how to help. Call us on 1800 010 120