Rescuers By: Katie


[res-kyoo] verb, res·cued, res·cu·ing, noun

verb (used with object)

1. to free or deliver from confinement, violence, danger, or evil.

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What to do

  • Tell the perpetrator to stop
  • Get the victim away from the situation
  • Comfort the victim
  • Give the victim power and a voice again
  • Tell the victim it's not their fault
  • Support the victim, make sure they know it will get better
  • Talk to them and make sure they don't resort to self harm to deal with their problems

There is no "right" or "wrong" way to help, just be patient and listen.

Effects of sexual assault

  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Self harm
  • Psychological problems

By helping these victims, you can help stop them from harming themselves or others. It is the rescuers job to help the victims from getting to this point. The more rescuers the victim has the better chance they have of recovering from the assault.

About 33% of rape victims have suicidal thought.

About 13% of rape victims will attempt suicide.

Suicide attempts may occur years after the rape.

By helping these victims, and becoming rescuers, we will be able to reduce and change the facts above. All these victims need are some rescuers to help them feel like they have power again.


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Rettner, Rachael. "Sexual Harassment Tied to Depression, Suicide." MSNBC, 9 Nov. 2011. Web. 08 May 2013.

"SafeHelpline." Information and Resources on What to Do If You've Been Sexually Harassed or Assaulted as a Member of the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force. Safe Helpline, n.d. Web. 06 May 2013. <>.