If someone discloses an experience of violence, listen and validate the person’s experience.
Do not assume you know what they need. They may be talking to you for many reasons, such as wanting to feel safe, prevent another occurrence, looking for justice, seeking support, or reporting the incident.
Reassure them that they are not alone and that there are services to support them through SACOMSS as well as other resources.
You can also reach out to DIAL for more guidance about how to better support them.
An acronym used to support disclosures of sexual assault is C.A.L.M.
Adapted from the University of Toronto SVPS Centre