These poor girls are not only raped, but then the photos are shared all over the internet! No wonder they have to move or switch schools and that some of them commit suicide. What can you do to get your life back once that happens?
One of the most important factors for resiliency is that when the victim confided in a trusted adult (especially a parent or family member) that person believed, protected, soothed, and encouraged the victim. You might be that person, and your response is so important. Listen. Accept the person. Empathize. Believe! Don't criticize or scold. Don't grill for details. Speak up if you witness someone being violated or harassed. Don't just tell the violator to stop, but tell someone in a position to really intervene. Support the victim. This takes compassion and courage. Even someone who has been severely traumatized can heal. There is hope, and help is out there! Some resources include: a sexual/domestic violence hotline or crisis center, support groups, counselors/social workers/mental health centers, suicide hotline, or hospital emergency room. In Fairfax, call our hotline at 703-360-7273. You can visit rainn.org for resources.