Support for Parents and Carers
It can be extremely difficult to hear that your child has been abused or sexually assaulted and you may feel a lot of different emotions as a result – anger, shame and guilt are common. If your child is telling you that they have been hurt by someone else, even if it’s someone you trusted completely, the most important things you can do are:
- Listen to them
- Believe them
- Continue to offer unconditional support and love
- Be patient with them
- Encourage them
- Reassure them that their feelings are normal
- Give them choices
It is also important that you look after yourself during this time. Supporting your child following the impacts of rape or sexual abuse can be incredibly emotionally challenging. It’s important that you take note of this and have a safe space where you are able to express how you are feeling as well. Our helpline and email support services offer a safe and confidential space to explore your feelings.
More information on supporting a person you care about can be found in our guide to supporting the person you care about.