Director, EVAW International Board of Directors
First responders and government officials can follow these best practices on how to respond to sexual assault victims.
Providing tips on how to identify a victim of rape is not simple. Victims can be male, female, adults, adolescents or children. Victims can be black. white, Asian or Hispanic. Victims may be straight, gay, lesbian or transgender. A victim could be an athlete, differently-abled or mentally ill. A victim could be your father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, friend, co-worker or a stranger. Basically, a victim can be anyone.
I can, however, provide tips on what to do when someone reports they have been raped. Below are some common behaviors victims may exhibit, as well as the best ways to respond if -- and when -- someone says they have been raped or sexually assaulted.
Victims may exhibit some or none of the following responses.
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