My friend didn't come into work today, and midway through the day I got a message from her asking if I could call her back. When I called her back, she said that yesterday she was assaulted. I asked her if she was okay, but she gave a sort of "well..." answer and just stated she wanted to get her head back into things. I didn't ask if the unmentionable happened, but I have a bad feeling from the sound of her voice there's a possibility it did.
The good thing is that she's pressing charges against the thug, so at least they have a suspect and it's not an unknown assailant.
I told her that I'm glad I'm hearing her voice and that she's able to talk to me after what happened, and that I'll cover for her at work and let the boss know something came up and my friend will fill her in on the details later.
Still, I'm not sure how/what to say to comfort a victim of an attack, even more so if it was a sexual assault. All I can think of is to let her know I'm here for support and can walk her home if she feels she needs an escort. Is there any way to comfort a friend who was attacked without prying or evoking the traumatic experience?