The mission of Violence Prevention Education and Advocacy is to ensure that students who are victims of sexual misconduct receive support, resources, and information to assist in managing the aftermath of their experience, so they can succeed academically and personally.
Violence Prevention Education and Advocacy is a comprehensive resource for any student who has experienced sexual misconduct. The office helps connect students to campus and community resources related to their specific needs. The demands of college life are substantial and a traumatic event can be overwhelming, compounding current stress. Violence Prevention Education and Advocacy strives to alleviate some of the burdens of navigating processes and resources. Violence Prevention Education and Advocacy wants to help restore a sense of normalcy in students’ lives by offering a supportive presence and assistance to students who have been victimized. Some specific services provided include:
- Confidential disclosure for sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and stalking
- Direct crisis intervention
- Exploration of options
- Information and resources
- Referrals to on and off-campus resources
- Ongoing follow-up and support as needed
- Personalized safety planning
- Education and consultation for students, faculty, and staff
Violence Prevention Education and Advocacy believes in empowering students who have been victimized to make decisions about their future in relation to the trauma they experienced. When someone is the victim of a violent crime, power and control are taken away from the victim. Violence Prevention Education and Advocacy help students regain a sense of control by providing them with resources, options, and support. Students are able to select which resources they would like to take advantage of and ultimately how they would like to move forward. This approach to advocacy helps students take ownership of their recovery, move at their own pace, and ultimately thrive through a traumatic experience.