Some Helpful, Smart Advice On What To Do If Someone Close Tells You They've Been Raped

Rape seeps into all corners of society — it affects women and men, people from privileged backgrounds and people from poor backgrounds, young and old. It is used as a tool of power. And too often, people belittle the victims or pretend it doesn't exist. But for the people affected by the crime, it never disappears. Here are some good guidelines to keep in mind if someone confides in you that they've experienced something extremely traumatizing. The tips are from a 21-year-old survivor who detailed this helpful advice on their blog.Every person copes in different ways. Be thoughtful, listen, care, and support.