Advocacy

The Advocates Program is dedicated to creating safe spaces in St. Lawrence and the surrounding communities for survivors of all genders, sexual orientations, races, and religions. Advocacy efforts are centered around the following five programs or initiatives:

Crisis Intervention: This initiative includes any individual in the St. Lawrence community who has either personally experienced or who has had a friend experience an incident of sexual violence. Information shared with the Advocates Program is strictly confidential. Appointments can be made in advance by calling 229-5122, or just drop by the office in the Dianna B. Torrey '82 Health & Counseling Center.

Surviving the Unthinkable: A support group for students victimized by sexual assault and/or rape. This confidential group will follow an open discussion philosophy, as well as exploring consequences of victim blaming, the effects of trauma, and various coping mechanisms for surviving sexual assault and/or rape. 
For more information, call 229-5122.

Living Through Abuse: A support group for students experiencing violence in an intimate relationship. This confidential group is open to those in any stage of an abusive relationship - both those who are in the relationship and those that have left. The group will explore issues including why people choose to stay, safety plans, the cycle of violence, and coping mechanisms for living through abuse. 
For more information, call 229-5122.

Individual Advocacy: Advocates Program staff and volunteers will provide advocacy to survivors in the St. Lawrence community in the form of hotline assistance, hospital escorts, court escorts, judicial proceeding escorts, safety-planning, documenting, resource sharing, and all other advocacy services the individual requests or that circumstances may indicate. 
For more information, call 229-5122.

Policies and Procedures: The Advocates Program is committed to updating University policies and procedures to reflect the most effective protocols for handling incidents of sexual violence affecting the campus community. Staff and volunteers periodically review current policies associated with the prevention of and the response to sexual violence, recommend changes, and draft new policies and procedures as necessary. 
For more information, call 229-5122.