If someone chooses to share their experience with you two important things you can say to that person is "I believe you" and "It is not your fault." Survivors may experience a loss of power and control as a result of their trauma. Nothing a person does or says justifies violence. It is essential as a support person to give survivors space and validate their ability to make their own decision regarding their healing.
Steps to supporting a survivor:
- Refer: The survivor may want to seek supportive resources, you can help point them into that direction.