We as Survivors are quite complex but the things we need are really quite simple.

We are all capable of being kind and of being there for someone who is in need.

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN A SURVIVOR BREAKS THE SILENCE

  • Believe Them
  • Listen Without Interrupting
  • Validate and Reassure Them
  • Help them to Explore and Research the next Steps they can take.

WHAT TO SAY TO A SURVIVOR

  • I’m sorry this happened
  • It’s not your fault
  • I believe you
  • You are not alone
  • You can trust me
  • This doesn’t change how I think of you
  • Are you open to seeking medical attention
  • How do you want me to help you I am here for you, but I’m not a professional