Home Campus Life Health and Safety Sexual Violence and Title IX Sexual Violence: Help a Friend
If you or someone you know is in danger or needs immediate help, then call 911.
If a friend or colleague has experienced sexual assault (including sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking), there are ways you can help.
- Share this website with them.
- Share the following documents, which outline options for those who have experienced sexual assault:
- If your friend is a student or employee, refer them to the WEAVE Confidential Advocate for confidential support and guidance.
Ask How You Can Help
- Listen. Offer support and compassion. Be patient and try to avoid interrupting them or making statements that may be judgmental.
- Don't ask for details about what happened or why it happened. Let your friend share what they are comfortable sharing. Avoid questions that suggest blame.
- Challenge statements of self-blame. Let your friend know the responsibility for the assault does not lie with your friend, regardless of what they did leading up to, during, or after what happened.
- If your friend wants to seek medical attention or report the assault, offer to accompany that person to the hospital, police station, campus security, and so on.
- Respect your friend's privacy. Do not tell others about your friend's assault or reveal any names or details without permission.
Remember to take care of yourself. Supporting a friend who has experienced sexual violence can be an emotional and challenging experience. Pay attention to your needs – this could mean setting boundaries, spending time on activities you enjoy, or talking to a friend or counselor if needed.