What to say — and what not to say — when someone tells you they have been sexually assaulted

“It was my co-worker…”

“I was in college…”

“He came into my room at night…”

Since Carol Blasey Ford told her story, my Facebook feed has been full of friends and family coming out as survivors.

So what do you say when someone tells you they’ve survived sexual violence? Most of us want to be supportive, but sometimes we can’t find the right words. Here’s a guide to the simple – but not easy – things to say.

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