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How to help a friend

How can I help a friend who has been sexually assaulted?

Sexual trauma involves a loss of power and control.  It is important that after an assault, a victim regains a sense of control by making informed decisions.  Allow them to decide how they want to move forward in all aspects, including whether or not to report to police and/or seek medical attention or counseling.  For UMSL employees, it is important to share your Title IX reporting responsibilities before listening to a survivor's story.

How can I help a friend who is being abused?