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Friends and family members of survivors of sexual violence often want to help a survivor through her or his experience but don’t know how. The resources below provide advice for friends and family about how to provide support without unintentionally increasing the stress that survivors experience, or otherwise doing harm.

A Guide for Friends and Family of Sexual Violence SurvivorsImage showing a cover page of A Guide for Friends and Family of Sexual Violence Survivors

This 23-page guide from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape contains a general overview of sexual violence. It includes some tips on communication, the common questions and concerns, the long-term effects, and how significant others can be affected.