It’s easier for us to open up about this here
What I would suggest is, being new in North America, it's easier for us to open up about this here rather than in our own country, if you're coming from our cultural background. So, I suggest that the support person ensures that they create a scenario where it feels comfortable or somewhat like, you know, a family environment or very close relationship so that they can open up, because it's not so easy for us to do. I've seen so many people talking about it openl,y but in our country, I don't think -. There are many people in our region who may be afraid not only to talking about it openly, but they might be afraid to even think about it. So, it's really important for you to understand that we come from a different background and you have to make a good connection. That would be the key to dealing with it. And make sure that you give them time to open up. This is quite different for us. It's not so easy to open up and talk about it, so they must understand that and respect it. [...] So, they got to think about it this and take necessary measures to deal with it.
When responding to a disclosure or report of sexual violence involving racially or ethnically marginalized students, provide these students with the choice to work with someone who shares their cultural or racial identity or someone who does not.
Engage in activities to develop cultural responsiveness as it pertains to sexual violence prevention and response. Apply culturally responsive practices in these areas.
Consider how a student's identities might affect their expectations and concerns when accessing supports following a sexual assault, or when involved in a sexual assault investigation.
Allow victim/survivors to share their experiences and seek support when they are ready. Offer information about time limits for reporting when applicable.