How do I support my friend who has disclosed?
Responding to your friend in a supportive and non-judgemental way is imperative and will be of assistance to them in their overall long term recovery. You can support your friend by listening without giving advice, nor asking questions or details. Providing reassurance that they are not to blame for the crime as well as letting them know that you believe them is important. Respecting their choices regarding the path of action they wish to take now is crucial as they (as the victim/survivor) have to be the one in control of making decisions about what they do next and the timing of this. You can provide information about available resources such as CASA and /SACL and encourage them to make contact when they are feeling ready to do so.