Receiving a disclosure of sexual or gender-based violence can be difficult. We can talk you through it.
The Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Support Office can offer education, coaching and resources to those who have received disclosures of or witnessed sexual or gender-based violence. If you need help giving support and responding to these disclosures, we can help.
“I believe you” is one line every survivor of sexual and gender-based violence needs to hear. The most important thing for you to say and a survivor to hear is a positive message, such as, “It’s not your fault and when you’re ready, I’m here to support you.”
Receiving a positive first response has proven to be fundamental to a survivor’s next steps. It can increase their ability and desire to seek emotional, medical, and reporting support. Receiving a negative first response can shut a survivor down, significantly decreasing the chances that they will reach out for further support.
Resources for Download
Through a trauma informed approach, the University of Calgary has developed downloadable resources for supporters and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, including self-care colouring books and informative postcards.