Leadership Learning Service

What You Say to Survivors Matters

By Allison Summers, assistant director of education and leadership initiatives

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness month, Alpha Chi Omega was joined by RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) as its first sorority partner to host a webinar focusing on supporting young survivors. We were joined by collegians, alumnae and nonmembers to learn about how to appropriately support survivors – especially those who are young.

During our webinar, April Cisneros from RAINN shared, “We know anecdotally as well as through research just how important someone’s response is to a survivor’s ultimate recovery process. Unfortunately, most of the time people are shocked to hear that a loved one or someone they know has been assaulted and they end up accidentally saying or doing things that feel really hurtful to the person who just shared.”

So, what can you do if someone discloses an assault to you? Start by TALKing:

If you’re interested in learning more about the neurobiology of trauma, common responses of survivors, warning signs of trauma in young people and what you can do, you can review the webinar recording if you were not able to join us live on April 9.

If you or anyone you know has been impacted by sexual assault or if you have questions about sexual violence, you can reach out to RAINN on its 24/7 confidential chat and call hotline.

National Sexual Assault Hotline – Live Chat

National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-HOPE (4673)

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