To access information:
In order to be able to make choices, people who have been raped, sexually assaulted or abused need clear, accessible information relevant to their individual priorities and needs. Regardless of how recent the assault, people typically need information about legal, medical, mental health, practical support, counselling and other options and services.
To feel safe:
Try to create a safe space for the person. Different people have different safety needs. Immediately following assault, and sometimes in the long term, access to physical safety is a driving need. Most women and some men who have been sexually assaulted feel unsafe in the presence of men, particularly men in positions of power and authority.
To have privacy:
Many people find sexual assault difficult to disclose, particularly where the perpetrator was a family member, or someone they knew. The need for privacy includes being able to access services without being seen entering a named sexual assault service.