Being a support person is an important role that may bring up a variety of emotions. Your feelings are valid. If you have survived sexual violence yourself, the disclosure may bring back memories. It is important to acknowledge and tend to your own needs.

It is also important to be realistic about your capacity. If you do not think you are able to support the victim/survivor at this time, you can help them find others who are.

See Enhancing the Well-Being of Support People for more information regarding self-care.

See Learn More for Grounding Techniques.