When supporting someone who is a survivor of sexual violence, harassment, or partner violence, it is very important to respond with empathy.
Here are some ideas of what to say:
- Thank you for trusting me.
- I am sorry this has happened.
- I believe you.
- How can I help you right now?
- You are not alone and we can connect you people who can help.
It is important to understand your obligations regarding confidentiality, especially when receiving a disclosure from someone under 16 years of age. If you have questions, you can call the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre or Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society for a confidential consultation.