If someone you know has told you that she was raped or sexually assaulted, the most important thing you can do is to listen to her and believe what she says. Survivors can fear the impact that their disclosure will have on their life and on those closest to them: they might be ignored, judged or not believed. She has been incredibly brave in disclosing to you.
Supporting a friend, family member or partner who has experienced sexual violence can be difficult, even overwhelming at times. When a person has been raped or sexually abused it can affect how they think, feel, behave and see the world and those around them, which can be difficult for those around them to understand or cope with. Family, friends and partners can also experience many confusing feelings of sadness, frustration, guilt, loneliness, helplessness and/or shock. These are all very natural responses to seeing someone you care about hurting.