Families and Supporters
Every person’s reaction to rape and sexual abuse will be different, and there are no rules setting out exactly how to respond when someone you tells you they've been abused.
The most important thing is to listen, don't judge or try to interrogate and don't try to be an expert. It takes a great deal of courage to talk about sexual violence so it is important that you acknowledge the person's strength in surviving it and talking to you. It is also important that you enable them to make them their own choices at their own pace. You may wish to direct them to our helpline so that they can talk about their options. These include:
If you are supporting someone who has experienced rape or sexual abuse you may need some support yourself. You can do this by contacting our helpline who will also be able to talk to you about what support services are available to you.