It can be hard to know how to react when someone shares with us that they have been affected by sexual assault, harassment, or inappropriate behavior (remember that there are many who are affected by a single instance of sexual misconduct-you may find yourself supporting a friend of a survivor, a potential respondent, or a concerned community member). By visiting this website, you have already taken a meaningful first step. Here are some important tips and resources for supporting a friend.
Supporting a friend or student who has been affected by sexual misconduct can be emotionally, socially, and intellectually demanding. Be sure to check in with your own emotional state and seek the support you need. UW-Whitewater's support resources are available to you too.