How to Support a Friend After Sexual Assault
Sexual assault can have lasting and painful consequences, and friends and loved ones may not always know how to show support right when it’s needed most. Being there for someone in the aftermath of sexual assault can be an extraordinary act of kindness. You can’t erase what happened to them, but you can be a vital source of comfort as they heal.
For friends and family who want to be there for a loved one dealing with this kind of trauma but don’t know what to say or do, these tips from the Joyful Heart Foundation can help. This organization aims to help survivors heal, in part by encouraging their loved ones to respond with compassion and empathy, not distance or avoidance.
If you have a friend going through this ordeal, read on.