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.

If the victim/survivor is willing to seek medical attention, offer to go with them or help connect them with a victim advocate who can do so.

If the victim/survivor is willing to report the incident to the police and/or OSMRC, offer to go with them or help connect them with a victim advocate who can do so.