Unfortunately, many survivors do not get the result they were hoping for when they disclose their abuse to their closest friends and family, because the person on the other end of the conversation simply doesn’t know how to react. Here’s a few clues that might help you the next time:
When a survivor opens up to you about what has happened to them, acknowledge how much courage it takes to talk about past traumatic experiences. Survivors have often kept their abuse to themselves for years. To them, it might seem easier to stay silent. Let the survivor know that you appreciate their bravery in facing memories and issues that might have happened years ago. Here are some specific things you can do to support your loved one.