Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct
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Supporting friends and partners: How to help

Seeing a friend or partner who is struggling or in pain always hurts. Because sexual and gender-based misconduct are interpersonal crimes which often involve betrayal by known others, being there for your friend or partner after they have been victimized is even more crucial. Listening, believing and being there don’t always feel like enough, because they can’t change what has happened, but they are actually incredibly important. Your help and support will make a significant positive difference in your friend or partner’s recovery.

The following guidelines may be helpful as you help your friend or partner navigate a challenging time.  

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