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For Friends and Family of Victim-Survivors

Sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking affect people beyond the victim-survivors who directly experience these behaviors.  Friends and family of victim-survivors may also experience profound impacts.

For victim-survivors, friends and family can be important paths to wellness and feeling safe and secure.  We know that the response from friends and family can make a profound difference in the likelihood that a victim-survivor will seek resources, formally report the incident, and take steps for self-care.  This is why Curry College has dedicated this space to helping family and friends learn more about sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking.  We also know that helping victim-survivors can be emotionally challenging and encourage friends and family to seek resources for themselves as well. 

  • Victim-survivors are more likely to tell friends and family than anyone else.  This means that friends and family often provide the best opportunity for victim-survivors to get resources, care, and support.  The same is true for victim-survivors of stalking, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence.*
  • Among college students reporting intimate partner violence, approximately 40% indicated that their partner's abuse included threats to themselves, their family, or others.*
  • Friends and family who know an individual best can be very effective active bystanders.  This is partly because they will spend so much time with each other.  It's also true that friends and family may be best able to read social interactions that would be acceptable and unacceptable to their loved one.
Concerned friends and family are welcome to reach out to reach out to the College's Title IX Coordinator or a confidential resource.

This website also covers more information for friends and family of victim-survivors, including Resources for Friends and Family, How to Support a Victim Survivor, and Advice for Parents and Families.  We hope you find these pages to be a helpful resource.

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*From the AAU Campus Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct.

 
 
 
 

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