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How to Support a Friend

Helping Someone Who Has Been Assaulted

Whether you are a friend, family member, or Bentley faculty/staff, you may be the first person to notice that someone you care about begins to act in a different way. Never be afraid to ask “Are you okay?” You may be the first person to respond to someone, and in the event that the problem centers on a sexual assault or other sexual abuse, this might be the question that helps begin recovery.

First and foremost, get immediate help from the University Police or a professional if the survivor is injured or unsafe in any way. 

Not Sure What to Say?

There are many people who can help, including many confidential resources. If you’re not sure where to begin, contact Lauren Bly.

Lauren Bly
OVW Grant Project Coordinator (she/her/hers)
Office: Student Center 320
Phone: (781) 891-2971