Supporters and trusted persons can be partners, friends, parents, relatives and other persons offering (professional) support to survivors of sexual violence.
When you hear that someone close to you was raped or affected by sexual violence, whether recently or in the past, this may set off worries, mental distress, anxieties, feelings of insecurity in you as a trusted person as well.
There is your care, the urge to help, but often as well a feeling of helplessness, or that of reaching your own limits. Maybe you know what you would do – but the woman or girl affected does not want to hear any of this. The confidence given to you often means taking on a responsibility that may become a burden.
That is why we offer support to you as supporters as well, knowing that it is not easy to cope with the emotional, mental, and physical impact of sexual violence on a survivor.
Here’s a number of suggestions of how to give care and support: