It’s common for a friend or loved one to need time to process and heal, so remember to be patient.
I just want you to know though that it’s really not your fault - it’s the perpetrator’s, and while you have every right to feel how you’re feeling, it’s important for you to know that, truly, you are not to blame for what happened.”Validating the survivor’s emotions helps them see that what they are feeling is neither wrong nor shameful, and also gives the survivor the space to process their thoughts, reactions, and feelings.
Avoid phrases like, "No matter how you feel that the situation should be handled, be sure to support your friend or loved one's choices.
Relationship abuse affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels and occurs in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships. 66% of female victims and 44% of male victims are stalked by a former intimate partner.
One Love was created to honor Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia senior who was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend just three weeks before graduation. (Additionally, when comforting a friend who discloses a sexual assault, it’s important not to minimize their experience.
are two of the most important ways to support survivors.