Services for Parents, Friends, Partners and Allies
If you have a loved one who has experienced sexual violence, it can feel overwhelming to figure out how to provide care. That feeling is completely normal. Here are some resources that can help you to understand what the impact of sexual violence could be on a survivor, and how to best support them. Most of all, be gentle on yourself, this is a process.
PDF fileA guide for friends and family of survivors of sexual assault, external link — A great resource to better understanding sexual violence, how you can help, possible effects of the assault, self-care tips for you and the survivor, and more.
A Letter of Advice for Friends, Family, and Supporters of Survivors, external link — On supporting survivors.
Dispelling Myths about Sexual Assault , external link— A resource that speaks about false ideas that shame and blame survivors of sexual assault for the violence that was committed against them (rather than holding abusers responsible for their actions).
Allies in Healing, By Laura Davis, external link (Book) — Few books exist that are for supporting loved ones who have experienced sexual violence. This book is meant for partners of survivors of childhood sexual assault, but will have important relevant information for anyone who is supporting someone with trauma.