Brooke Axtell, an advocate for survivors of sexual abuse, gives parents seven simple guidelines for reacting to their child’s assault and how to help their child work through the trauma of sexual violence. She writes (linked above):
As the Founder and Director of Survivor Healing and Empowerment, a healing community for survivors of rape, abuse and domestic minor sex-trafficking, I want you to know that there are many ways you can compassionately support the teen survivor in your life. 44% of sexual assault victims are under the age of 18, so we need to carefully assess the unique needs of young men and women who have endured this trauma. Some of the resources I share will be more applicable to teen girls, but many of these suggestions serve survivors of all gender identities.
Visit WCSAP for helpful webinars on sexual violence, like these: Teen Survivor Support Groups , Identifying and Preventing Suicide in Post-Sexual Assault Care with Youth
FORGE also provides many helpful webinars and resources related to transgender victims of sexual violence. For information specific to transgender survivors, listen to Transgender Youth Survivors.
Related Article: 12 Ways to Support a Survivor of Abuse
For more related articles, visit the Teen Dating Abuse archive.