A few months ago my friend, he is nineteen years old, told me that he had been raped when he was seventeen. He told me that three men were involved. Since he told me this, he refuses to talk about it, or seek any outside help. His family don't know, he said he told me because he knew I would believe him. His dad is very old fashioned and strict and has this very 'macho' attitude. He does not want to tell his family because he is scared that they, especially his father, would not believe him.

Whenever I try to talk to him about it, he tells me that he does not need any help and that he can deal with it on his own. He is getting more and more distant and is spending so much time at home on his own.

How can I help him? I don't want to put pressure on him but I am worried he will hurt himself.