Tips for Supporting Survivors

Coping with a traumatic experience such as sexual assault is difficult and a friend or family should not have to go through this alone.  To show your support, here are some actions you can take:

  • Listen. Be there. Communicate without judgment.
  • If the survivor seeks medical attention or plans to report, offer to be there. Your presence can offer the support they need.
  • Encourage the survivor to get support. Share resources like the National Sexual Assault Hotline, but realize that only they can make the decision to get help.
  • Be patient. Remember, there is no timetable for recovering from trauma. Avoid putting pressure on them to engage in activities they aren’t ready to do yet.Encourage them to practice good self-care during this difficult time.
  • If someone you care about is considering suicide, learn the warning signs, and offer help and support. For more information about suicide prevention please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website or call 800.273.TALK (8255) any time, day or night.

How to Help Prevent Sexual Misconduct

Sexual contact requires mutual and Affirmative Consent. An incapacitated person (for example, a person under the influence of drugs or alcohol) may be incapable of giving consent. Whether an intoxicated person (as a result of using alcohol or other drugs) is incapacitated depends on the extent to which the alcohol or other drugs impact the person’s decision-making capacity, awareness of consequences, and ability to make fully informed judgments.

  • No one deserves to be sexually assaulted, stalked or victimized in any way.

  • Don’t engage in any behavior that may be considered Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking or any other form of Sexual Misconduct or violence.

  • Never use force, coercion, threats, alcohol or other drugs to engage in sexual activity.

  • Take responsibility for your actions.

  • Avoid alcohol and other drugs.

  • Remember “no” means “No!” and “stop” means “Stop!”