My friend was pretty brutally attacked and the man attempted to rape her. Luckily she was saved in the last moment which I'm so grateful for. I found out in a pretty tough way... she had contacted the press because 3 people had passed by and hadn't helped her during the attack, and one ran away after when she asked for help. I went on facebook and another friend had shared the article that had a picture of her bruised face and I panicked... I hoped it wasn't her, then I hoped it was a 'fake' article to point out how that does happen... but it wasn't. I also saw her a few nights later on TV. And that messed me up too... seeing such a strong and happy woman as she always was with a cracking low voice. I wrote to her asking if she was okay, and told her I was there for her if she needed me (years back I was always the first one she ran to with issues)... she told me she was 'surprisingly' okay... and told me she was waiting for therapy, which I encouraged her to get. And I told her to take care of herself, and be in control of the media rather than letting them control her... She has later asked me for coping tips for anxiety since she knows I suffer from it... well, she knows that from some stuff I post on facebook. We have a bit of a long distance relationship and sometimes we don't talk for years... but I'd do anything to help her. The thing is... I've been through rape and sexual abuse several times, and I'm currently finally in therapy for it. But my friend doesn't know any of that... I wonder if it would help her talk about some of the things. But I have no idea how to make her aware of that. I talked to my therapist about it, but she had no real advice other than for me to see what I thought was best; and to make sure I was taking care of myself. I also want her to know how important it is that she does go to therapy and get help. I want her to know it doesn't just go away by ignoring it. It's one of my worst regrets... not getting help... dealing with it alone. I am seeing her next month; the girl 'gang' from school is planning on a yearly get-together. I just don't know what to do I guess.