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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.

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