Supporting Others

How can I support someone who has experienced Title IX Sexual Harassment or non-Title IX Sexual Misconduct?

  • Remain Calm. While you may be experiencing shock, outrage, or fear for the person, it is important to keep your feelings in check and remain a calm presence.
  • Be There for Them. Make sure they know you are there to support them.
  • Support Their Decisions. Allow them to make decisions about what to do next. Offer alternatives, but don't tell them what to do.
  • Let Them Talk. There may be anger, sadness, or even silence. Just be there to listen.
  • Understand Your Role. Are you a confidential resource or do you have a reporting obligation?
  • Share Resources. Share information about the Title IX Office, the University Counseling Center and other resources.
  • Be Patient and Understanding. Allow them to process their experience on their own time. Never tell someone to get over it.

Here to Help

The Here to Help Card lists contact information for University and Community Resources. You can also pick up pocket-sized copies of these cards at the Office of Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response in the Union, Room 339.