Every victim has their own unique experience of a crime. They also have different ways of responding and coping.
It important to just be there for victims of crime and to be patient as they work through their emotions.
If you are supporting a victim of sexual assault, you can find a lot of helpful information in the booklet How to support a woman who has been sexually assaulted .
Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Allow yourself time to process what has happened.
If you need support or information, contact Victim Services. We can help you understand how you can support someone, and also how you can get support for yourself. If you are affected by a crime, you are a victim.
Victimization also affects the whole community. We need to work together to create a circle of safety and respect and to reduce the tolerance for violence.