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You are not alone

Participant 1: If they are physically okay, I would obviously reassure them that I am there for them. I would let them know that there are other people who have gone through the same thing, that they will be okay and that there are resources and people that they can go to if needed.
Facilitator: And also, maybe we can reassure them that "you are not alone" and also "this is not your fault." It can be experienced by anyone, so everyone is the potential victim.


  • Create an inter-university and college roster of peer supporters and educators that includes international and domestic student leaders across genders.

  • Present learning materials in a way that is helpful to a friend supporting a victim/survivor.

  • Ensure all sexual violence prevention and response education and training opportunities actively deconstruct victim-blaming, rape myths and gender norms. Ensure these sessions take an intersectional approach to understanding sexual violence and supporting victim/survivors.

  • Offer fictionalized but representative examples of how disclosures and reports to the university have been handled.