Approaching someone we love may be difficult, as we're often worried we might make it worse. Studies show talking about it openly and honestly is a supportive factor.
Shame is often present during or after a traumatic event. Assuring them they did nothing wrong and you still love them can go a long way to helping them feel better.
A loved one might not be ready to share; similar events can impact people differently. Offer resources, make sure they have had water, and let them go at their own pace.
Be an active bystander: An active bystander makes an active choice to step into a situation where they can be helpful or protective of another individual.
Become an active bystander
Sexual, inter-partner, and gender-based violence impact diverse groups differently.
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