How do I respond and support if someone tells me she/he/they have been sexually assault

Sexual assault survivors experience a range of feelings including:

  • Embarrassment
  • Guilt
  • Shame
  • Disbelief
  • Powerless
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • anxiety

By listening and believing in the person you can have a huge impact. Remember, you may be the only person they ever tell, they need your support. 

Remember, although women are most often the survivors of sexual assault, other marginalized groups experiences high rates of sexual violence also.  In addition to this, men can also be abused and rarely report due to stigma around being a male survivor.  No matter who the survivor is, actively hear their story and let them know that their sexual assault was not their fault.

Rape or any other kind of sexual assault is never the result of the survivor`s dress, behaviour, company, or mental state.