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I would need more mental help than police

From my personal experience, [following a sexual assault], I think I want my friend to be a good listener, to be 100% down to listen to me to talk about this, and I definitely want her to come with me through all the processes. [...] I think that's what the majority of friends do. 'Cause when the situation actually happens, I would 100% need more mental help than police, or something. I would need someone to always be positive to always be supporting me while I am making decisions.

Recommendations

  • Use approaches that are trauma informed and survivor-centred.

  • Emphasize the victim's right to decide whether they would like to report the incident after they have disclosed it to the university. Ensure the victim is aware of the formal and informal routes for reporting, including the option of reporting to the police. Clearly communicate any limits to confidentiality.

  • When responding to a disclosure or report of sexual violence, highlight that students have the choice to involve support people of their choice, including friends or family members. Offer to reach out to support people if the student prefers. This applies to the victim/survivor or complainant and respondent.