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Understanding what our survivor may be experiencing will help us to develop empathy

"Empathy is a strange and powerful thing. There is no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It's simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of 'You're not alone.'"

--- Brené Brown

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6 Steps to Support a Survivor

Joyful Heart Foundation

It takes courage for a survivor to share their story.Understand the power you have in affecting their healing journey.

How to Support a Friend

Psychology Today

How to Support a Friend Who Is Recovering from Incest: Guidelines for compassionate caring

Allies in Healing

When the person you love was sexually abused as a child

Practical advice and encouragement to partners trying to support the survivors in their lives while tending to their own needs.

How to Support A Survivor

The New York Times 

If you know someone who’s been abused, here are some tips to best support them and their recovery.

Stop It Now!

Non-Profit Organization

Services, prevention education, advocacy, and training. Webinars available on various topics.

Making Up Lost Ground


Incest recovery from an actual survivor's perspective. Lot of details on all aspects.

HAVOC: Supporting a Survivor

Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse

Articles to support partners of survivors, with some posts relevant to parents of survivors.

Past Abuse: Why do I feel this way?

FamilyLife Canada

Ways past abuse may affect a person. Includes links to other informative articles.

Tips for Talking to Survivors


How to be supportive and non-judgmental in how you talk to and support a survivor.

11 Things That Will Help You Hold Space


Holding space means offering unconditional support, and letting go of judgement and control.

Family Secrets - Incest

Dr. Judy Rosenberg

Honest discussion about incest, including the possible symptoms and effects it can have on survivors.

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