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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.