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.
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.