The Conversation Packet
The conversation packet was created as a structured disclosure system to help
victims/survivors of sexual violence share their experience with people in their life.
How It Works
You may bring this packet to a person with whom you would like to share your experience.
There will be text for them to read and questions for them to ask you.
You will be given the opportunity to indicate which questions you are comfortable being asked, though the specific method varies with each version (written checkmark for the pamphlet, editing text for the digital version, etc.).
This structure aims to minimize the pressure surrounding what to say or how to go about the conversation so that you can focus on human connection, understanding, and empathy.
What to Expect
The first section is a message to the person receiving the packet. It prefaces the conversation and asks them to either confirm that they are ready to have this conversation or identify a date/time when you can check in and ask again.
The second section contains a few practical instructions and ground rules. Feel free to add anything that you think will make this conversation smoother and/or safer.
The third section relates to the past. It covers what happened and how it has affected you since.
The fourth section relates to the present. It covers how you are currently feeling and/or being affected by your experience.
The fifth section relates to the future. It covers how you want to move forward and how others can best support you.
The sixth and final section contains a bit of text and several questions relating to the conversation that you just had.
It aims to help you process how positively or negatively the conversation went, give you the opportunity to share any feedback with the other person, and create space for more conversations in the future if you want to have them.