How can I help a friend who has been raped?
DO: Be a good listener and focus your efforts on letting your friend decide what is best for them.
DO: Assure your friend that it was NOT her/his fault.
DO: Assure your friend that she/he did the right thing to survive, whatever that was.
DON'T: Focus your feelings on revenge toward the assailant.
DON'T: Expect your friend to be the same as she/he was before the assault.
DON'T: Tell your friend that she/he "should just get over it." Healing from sexual assault is a long and individual process.
What should I do if I've been raped?
- Get to a safe place.
- Call "911".
- Your Regis RA, RLC, or Campus Safety staff member is ALWAYS available to help you.
- The Regis Office of Counseling and Personal Development has counselors available at all times to support you.
- Do not bathe or otherwise disturb evidence
- Call a friend, family member or other support person to be with you.
- In metro-Denver call: 303.322.7273
- In other parts of the U.S., RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network) can connect you with services in your area: 800.656.HOPE
- Even if you choose not to report a sexual assault, you should seek medical treatment.