How Can I Help Someone Accused of Sexual Misconduct?

  • Be a good listener by being attentive and not passing judgment.
  • Respect your friend's need for privacy and respect his or her choice about what and how much to share.
  • Help your friend identify resources, including confidential resources.
  • Get educated on the issues of sexual assault and harassment.
  • Be respectful in your support of your friend, and do not engage in any actions on his/her behalf that could be retaliatory in nature. Allow the University resolution processes to fairly and impartially adjudicate a report.
  • Encourage your friend to make good choices and to abide by any restrictions imposed by the University.
  • Be mindful of your own needs and be sure to take care of yourself. People in supporting roles can benefit from professional assistance by speaking to a counselor.