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What You Can Do


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When a Friend Needs Help, Offer a Hand

If you believe that someone you know may be experiencing sexual violence of some kind, let them know you care about their well-being and that you can help. Encourage this person to seek help, which can promptly alleviate a crisis and protect their health and well-being.​

Former Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, met with students to raise awareness about SAIV

Former Vice President Joe Biden joins Dr. Cabrera, students, faculty and staff at George Mason University to raise awareness about sexual violence on college campuses through the It’s On Us campaign. The event demonstrates Mason’s commitment to create and sustain an environment in which every member of the campus community feels safe and can thrive.

You can help a friend or acquaintance who shows signs that they are living with, or have been a victim of, harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking.

  • Believe them. Don’t question or dismiss their experience.
  • Listen to your friend. Keep questions to a minimum, and ask how you can help.
  • Assure them that it is not their fault that this has happened.
  • Tell them that help is available. Share the resources on our Get Help page, and let them know that you are here to support them in whatever choices they make.
Mason students at event against sexual harassment

Mason students wear their hearts on their sleeves and on their backs at a campus event to fight sexual harassment.

If a Friend Has Been Accused, There Are Things You Can Do

We want to support our friends in times of crisis and to be there for them. But when someone has been  accused of sexual violence, it can be hard to know what to do.

  • Listen from your friend’s point of view.
  • Accept your friend as a person, even if you have questions about his or her behavior.
  • Provide an atmosphere in which your friend can express honest feelings.
  • Be honest with your friend about how much support you can provide.
  • Help your friend find options for dealing with emotions and the situation.
  • Let your friend make the ultimate decision about what to do.
  • Direct your friend to campus resources, including the Title IX Coordinator, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, the Ombudsman and Student Support Services.
  • Realize that you may also be affected, and seek counseling if necessary