Rae Richfield from Haywards Heath in Sussex shows what others can do to help victims of sexual assault move on with their lives after her friend was attacked.
The 22-year-old wants people to understand how providing a shoulder to lean on can help those who’ve been through similar ordeals to feel safe.
‘My friend was sexually assaulted after a night out,’ explains Rae.
‘When she told me about it I didn’t really know how best to help her.
‘You don’t know if you are going to do something that will cause upset and just feel a little bit lost about how to behave.
'My Fixer’s project is to help assault victims get the best possible advice and support.’
Rae has helped to produce a short documentary with Fixers featuring an interview with her friend, whose identity has been kept anonymous.
Watch the documentary 'Sex Attack Support' at the top of this page.
‘At first I was in shock and then felt disgusting and dirty and wanted to get home for a shower,’ Rae’s friend says.
‘I feel my friends could have listened to me and tried to understand a bit more. It would have been better for me if they were as normal as possible and didn’t treat me like I was a different person.’
Fabia Bates, Director of Survivors' Network, also features in the documentary.
She says: ‘If someone has just been assaulted they will be in a state of shock so you need to make sure that they stay warm and they feel safe.
'There a number of things they can do at that stage such as report to the police or seek medical help. But make sure that the choice is theirs.’
Rae adds: ‘If a person is able to say “right I am here, I can help, you can talk to me” and it helps others to take a step forward in going to the police, then that would be a good outcome.’
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