The best thing you can do to be a support to a survivor of sexual or gender-based violence is to believe her/them.
- Don’t judge or blame her/them.
- Listen to her/them. Let her tell you as much or as little as she/they wants.
- Help her/them find support.
- Ask her/them what she needs–don’t tell her/them what to do.
- Remind her/them of her/their skills and strengths.
- Get support for your own feelings and reactions.