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September, 2004

Here are some things you can do to help a friend:

Believe her.

Be a good listener.

Be supportive.  Other people may doubt or blame her.  She really needs a friend.

Let the decision about who she talks about it with, be up to her.

If you're not sure how to best help your friend, get some advice from a rape counselor.

Read a book on surviving rape.

You're probably going to be the first to be told about the rape.  Be there for her.  Listen.  Support her decisions.  Just be there for her.

See also:
How Do You Help a Survivor of Sexual Assault?

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