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African Female

Tell her that everything will be fine

[If my friend was sexually assaulted], I would calm her down. I would tell her that everything will be fine. Just to console her and give her encouragement. I mean, I wouldn’t obviously force her to go and report, I mean, that would be her decision but, I will just give her options that are there and try to make her understand that everything will be fine. You know, it’s not easy to speak to somebody who is in that situation, but I would pray. I would hope that, you know, she’ll be fine.


  • Emphasize the victim's right to decide whether they would like to report the incident after they have disclosed it to the university. Ensure the victim is aware of the formal and informal routes for reporting, including the option of reporting to the police. Clearly communicate any limits to confidentiality.