Sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking can be difficult for everyone close to the survivor. You may not know what to do or what to think. You may feel powerless in the situation; you may want to help but do not know how. In addition, some people may be confused by common misconceptions about sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.
First and foremost, it is important to “be there” for your loved one. In order to do this, you may want to educate yourself on sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking information.
*Adapted from the “Handbook for Victims of Sexual Assault,” created by the Athens County Victim Assistance Program