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How Can I Help My Loved One or Friend?

It starts by saying “I Believe You.”

When someone is assaulted, it’s common for them to worry no one will believe them. Your loved one is looking to you for support and to be reminded what has happened was not their fault. Someone has taken away their control, and how you support them now can put them on the path to taking back their power.

It’s natural to feel like you want to protect your loved one, but it’s important to help them feel empowered throughout the healing process. It’s important not to tell them what to do, and let them know you will be there for them however they need you to be.

If you are visiting our site to gather resources for someone who needs support, you will find helpful information on the “I Need Support” page. You can also call our 24-hour support line at (612) 871-5111 to talk to someone about any of our programs and services.

Don't forget to take care of yourself.

When you care about someone who has experienced sexual violence, it can be overwhelming, and you might need someone to help you process your feelings. The Sexual Violence Center recognizes that sexual violence affects us all, and secondary victims of sexual violence need and deserve support too. We encourage you to feel free to call (612) 871-5111 and talk with one of our advocates.

Additional Sexual Assault Resources

You can also find resources and information about supporting your friend, and taking care of yourself on the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) and the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) sites.

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