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How Can I Comfort Someone Who Have Been Victim Of Sexual Assault:

It’s not always easy to know what to say when someone tells you they’ve been sexually assaulted, especially if they are a friend or family member. For a survivor, disclosing to someone they care about can be very difficult, so we encourage you to be as supportive and non-judgemental as possible.

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Talking about Sexual Violence is difficult not for one but for everyone. It is something that have massive impact on not only victim’s life but also on their close ones.

Here I am highlighting how to comfort sexual assault survivors in a manner that is comforting, validating, and non-judgmental:

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  1. Try to be as supportive as you can: Tell them it’s not at all their fault and you trust them, make them believe that you’re their safe corner and that you’ll always be their for them.

2. Don’t ask for details: Every survivor takes his/her own time to process everything that has happened Don’t ask for details until and unless they’re comfortable with sharing. Just tell them that you’ll be there whenever they want to talk about it or do not want to talk about it at all.

3. Don’t try to minimize it: Do not say things like “I can’t believe he/she did that”. It implies you do not believe the sexual assault occurred.

4. Don’t ask why questions: They are interpreted as blaming. Fear of blaming is one of the major cause why survivors do not seek help. Their guilt makes them feel that it’s somehow their fault when logically they know it’s not.

5. Just Listen: This is so important. Just for that time don’t talk, don’t judge and don’t interrupt them. You don’t have to give them advice unless you’re a professional. Don’t do anything foolish which makes them regret their decision.

6. Ask Permission: Most people want to reach out and hug the person who has been assaulted. But it’s important to remember that this person may not want to be touched. As a result, be sure you ask permission before hugging your friend or family member.