A secondary survivor is someone who knows someone close to them whom experienced sexual violence. This could be your child, sibling, spouse, significant other, parent, coworker, or friend, was sexually assaulted, you have been affected, too.
As a secondary victim of a sexual assault, it is important to know how to be supportive and also how to take care of your own feelings. Whatever feelings you have are justifiable-you have a right to your feelings. Know that it’s okay for you to need help. You have been traumatized by what has happened to your loved one. Getting help will enable you to be strong for your loved one and for yourself. Below you will find attachments with suggestions of how to be supportive to your loved one.
Remember, Central MN Sexual Assault Center provides free services to secondary victims as well as the victim themselves! All of our services available to primary survivors are also available to secondary survivors. In addition, CMSAC offers a support group specific to secondary survivors, the Concerned Person’s Support Group. For more information, call 320-251-4357 or visit our services tab here.