I vividly remember the first time (and the second and third) that someone I cared about confided in me that she had been the victim of sexual abuse. I felt heartbroken over the pain she had experienced. I felt angry on her behalf. And perhaps most of all, I felt frustrated by my own lack of knowing what to say in response or how to best support her.
The sad reality is that in a day and age where 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually abused or assaulted in their lifetime, there is a likely chance that we may encounter someone in our family or circle of friends struggling beneath this (more than likely) silent weight.