When survivors disclose their assault, most of us need to hear our loved ones say something simple and reaffirming. Dr. Lata K. McGinn, a licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder of Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants, shares with Bustle via email that family members and friends need to “Hear [sexual assault survivors] without any judgment, offer empathy, and ask how you can support them.” Additionally, Dr. McGinn provided Bustle with a helpful script for family and friends who may still be struggling to effectively respond to someone who disclosed their sexual assault. She suggests saying,
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