Doubt what she tells you about what happened
It may be difficult to believe that such a terrible thing has been done to your friend, especially if you know the perpetrator, but the truth is that it’s extremely rare for women and girls to lie about sexual violence.
Trivialise or dismiss her feelings or what happened to her.
It may be easy to compare it to something worse, perhaps that someone else has experienced, but saying things like “It could be worse, it’s not as bad as…” is never helpful. Recognise the pain she’s going through.
Expect her to react in a certain way.
Everyone deals with the impacts of sexual violence differently and at their own pace. Recovery is not a linear process either. Even if you have been through a similar experience, remember that everyone copes in their own unique way.