Role of the direct environment
As a partner, parent, friend, colleague or whatever other role you play in the life of someone who has experienced sexual misconduct, you might wonder what role you play in the healing process that person is going through.
When supporting someone in their process, it is good to take into account these three basic principles:
Make sure that all the people involved are safe and feel safe. Safety is crucial for the process of healing.
Be inclusive in whatever you do, say and show. Make the other person feel heard, respected and accepted.
Make sure there is an open atmosphere without judgement. Provide a space where the other person can just be, without inhibitions and without fear of being judged.
I am a parent/caretaker/guardian
As a parent, which role do you fulfil in your child's healing process? How can you best support your child?
I am a partner
As a partner, what can you do to help, support and make your partner feel that they are not alone in this?
I am a friend
Your friend has experienced sexual misconduct. How can you be there for them? How can you help?
I am a colleague
Your colleague has confided in you about their experience with sexual misconduct or you have seen an unpleasant situation take place. What can you do?
I am a teacher
What can you do as a teacher when one of your students has confided in you about their experience with sexual misconduct? Or what if you witnessed a situation of sexual misconduct involving your student(s)?