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Respect Your Loved One's Decisions

Trust the person disclosing to you to know what is best for themselves. Often, survivors have had the ability to make their own decisions stripped away from them; it's our role to put that power back in their hands by supporting their choices.

You can help restore a sense of control by respecting his or her decision of who to tell about their experience. Your loved one can always choose to tell someone later. There is no time limit on reporting to BYU.
Note: if your loved one is under the age of 18, and was the victim of an assault or abuse, it is required by law that it be reported to the authorities. Contact SASAS.

Even if your friend or loved one does not want to come see us or another advocate, you can still help them by learning about important information, options, and resources. Your loved one can always choose to see someone later.