If you have recently learned about another person's experience of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, or stalking, there are ways to help:
- Listen. Don't judge.
- Don't probe for details.
- Know and be clear and up-front about your ability to maintain confidentiality or not. See information for employees.
- Let the victim/survivor take the lead. Experiences of this nature take away an individual's power—don't compound this experience by putting pressure on someone to do what you think is right.
- Avoid unsolicited touching or hugging.
- Acknowledge what you don't know.
- Encourage the victim/survivor to contact a victim advocate or other confidential resource for support.
- If the victim/survivor is willing to seek medical attention or report the incident to the police and/or the OSMRC, offer to go with him/her or help connect him/her with a victim advocate who can do so.