Surviving a sexual assault can be a traumatic experience, and reactions can be varied, in time and in kind. You may be supporting a friend or family member who has survived a sexual assault, and many questions may arise in how to best support them, how to ask the right questions, and offer the best help.
It can be difficult to know how to handle such situations. We can help guide you in understanding your experience as a helper, and the ways to understand and support your loved one. These skills can be utilized regardless of the relationship, whether you’re a friend, faculty, staff, or parent. To talk more about how to help a friend or family member call the Wellness Exchange anytime to speak with a counselor confidentially at (212) 443-9999. We have also established local phone numbers to reach the Wellness Exchange around the world — whether you are in NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai, or at an NYU global site.
Do they need to go to a safe location or have someone with them?
Sexual assault is a crime of violence and removes power and control from the survivor. It’s important to return that power and allow the survivor to have some control over next steps.
In certain instances, a person may not know what actually happened. They may have woken up and are unsure whether they were raped. Again, empower them to make their own decisions.
NOTE: Members of the NYU community can speak with a counselor over the phone confidentially, and are not obligated to report the incident to Public Safety or commit to counseling.
While your friend or loved one may not choose to make a decision in the moment, nor are they obligated to commit to counseling or to filing a report with Public Safety or the police, we can help by offering assistance in navigating services and reminding them of what’s available. Don’t hesitate to call the Wellness Exchange hotline at (212) 443-9999 to speak with a Crisis Response Counselor about your concerns.