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How Can I Help a Survivor?

Tend to needs: Medical attention, safety, and support are important needs.

Believe them: Being believed is the most important factor in recovery.

No more violence: Threatening to harm 'the person who did this' will only make the survivor feel afraid.

Provide comfort: They need to know they are valued and important.

Listen: Let them get it all out before you talk. Avoid 'why' questions and suggestions, as well as any questions or statements that could be interpreted as blaming the survivor.

Give control: They need to regain a feeling of control in their life.  Accept their decisions even if you disagree. Ask before you touch.

Be aware of your limitations: Be aware of your limitations.  Healing can be a long process. Utilize the resources on and off campus to support yourself and the survivor.

Encourage them to seek help from the various resources on and off campus, including those below that are available 24/7.

  • In case of an emergency, call 911 or University Police at 804-289-8911.
  • For all other after hours, time-sensitive concerns, call 804-289-8715 to speak with a URPD dispatcher who can connect you to the Area Coordinator on duty.
  • Call the Greater Richmond Regional Hotline at 804-612-6126 at any time to reach a confidential advocate.

Report:  All students and other members of the University community are encouraged to report possible sexual misconduct.  Responsible Employees are required to report possible sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinators.  All University employees designated as Campus Security Authorities are required to report possible sexual misconduct to the University Police.