- Listen. Be Present.
- Encourage the victim/survivor to get support.
- Be patient.
- Validate their feelings about their experience.
- Take care of yourself!
If you need to talk to someone about supporting victim/survivors in the best way reach out to the University Counseling Center, a no cost service of GVSU.
Advocate for Change: Engaging with the Community
- Local Opportunities to Support Survivors (YWCA)
- Men’s support groups at the Men’s Resource Center of West Michigan provide opportunities for support, education, challenge, and growth.
- Volunteer with CWIT (Center for Women In Transition) to help end domestic and sexual violence in our community.
Traffic: Get Involved with the Kent County Human Trafficking
Task Force- The Kent County Human Trafficking Task Force meets the
fourth Tuesday of every month from Noon to 1:00 pm at the YWCA West
Central Michigan (25 Sheldon Blvd., SE; Downtown Grand Rapids).
The public is welcome to attend, but RSVPs are requested. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 616.459.4681.
On Campus Opportunities
- Greeks Against Sexual Assault is a student organization that provides resources, education, and sexual assault prevention programming to Grand Valley State University on behalf of the Fraternity and Sorority Life community.
- Eyes Wide Open is a student organization for sexual assault peer educators at Grand Valley State University.
- Men in Action aims to explore and discuss the culture of masculinity and manhood, while raising awareness and actively working to create environments free from violence.
- ReACT!: A peer theatre education group working to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking crimes on campus.