If someone you know has experienced sexual violence, harassment or hate crime, it is important that you listen to them, and be open to what they are telling you. Try not to ask for a lot of detail, and make it clear that you are ready to listen whenever they want to talk, and offer practical support, such as directing them to the online report and support system, or providing the number of local specialist rape crisis centres and offering to go with them to any appointments. It is also important that you take care of yourself, and seek support if you would like to talk to someone in confidence. You can contact your Student Services Hub to find out more about support options.
For more detailed guidance of how to support a friend who has experienced sexual violence, visit The Havens.