SUPPORTING A SURVIVOR

If you'd like immediate support from a trained professional, you can text

'loveis' to 22522

CHANGE ATTITUDES

That blames victims, such as "she/he was asking for it," "what was he/she thinking," or "she/he deserved what she/he got...

rapists are the reason rape happens; not victims.

SHOW GRATITUDE

To law enforcement for promptly and thoroughly investigating perpetrators.

BELIEVE SURVIVORS 

When they come forward and don't question or judge their actions, behaviors, dress, or decision, to delay or defer reporting.

HOLD OFFENDERS ACCOUNTABLE

By calling out their unacceptable behavior and disregard for sexual boundaries & human dignity. You can not say you support survivors while remaining friends with a perpetrator.

SHOW SUPPORT

For survivors who are able to share with you, whether they are able to report and open an investigation or not.

DO SAY

  • you are not alone.
  • I know there are people that can help. 
  • how can i support you?
  • it's not your faultI'm glad you felt safe to tell me, so that I can be here to support you.

DON'T SAY

  • why didn't you just leave?
  • what were you wearing?
  • why were you there?
  • were you drinking?

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