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How can I help a friend or family member?

 

Listen and believe when a victim tells you they are afraid of someone and find out what you can do. Offenders prey on the most vulnerable: the young, the old, the disabled and the poor.

It is never her or his fault. Oftentimes asking questions such as "what were you doing there?" or "had you been drinking?" can feel as though you are blaming the victim for the assault. No matter what the victim had been doing, it is never her or his fault.

Ask what you can do to help. Find out what would be helpful to her or him at this time. If the assault happened recently, they may need someone to go to the hospital or the police with them. If it happened in the past, they may need help finding support services.