How Can I Help a Victim?
Tend to needs: Medical Attention, safety, and support are important needs.
Believe them: Being believed is the most important factor in recovery.
No more violence: Threatening to harm 'the person who did this' will only make the victim feel afraid.
Provide comfort: They need to know they are valued and important.
Listen: Let them get it all out before you talk. Avoid 'why' questions and suggestions.
Give control: They need to regain a feeling of control in their life. Accept their decisions even if you disagree. Ask before you touch.
Be aware of your limitations: Be aware of your limitations. Recovery can be a long process. Utilize the resources on and off campus to support yourself and the victim.