Student Health Services

 

“Advocacy 101”

When calling the Phoenix Center, you will speak with a trained advocate. The training consists of the effects of sexual assault, crisis intervention, medical and legal procedures relating to sexual assault, and services available to support survivors. During your conversation, the advocate will provide you with information and resources, allowing you to make the best decision for yourself. The advocate will support you no matter what decision you make.

 

Keep in mind:

  • If you seek medical attention, the advocate can meet you at the hospital and sit in the waiting room with you.
  • If you report to the police, the advocate will be there to support and answer any questions that you may have during the reporting and interviewing process.
  • If you do not want to seek medical attention or report the assault, you can still use other services that work best for you, like:
    • Counseling (on campus)
      • One on one counseling
    •  Counseling (off campus)
      • Group therapy
    •  Emergency Housing
    • Student Health Services
      • Not a SANE exam

The Phoenix Center advocates are here to help survivors of sexual assault. The Phoenix Center advocates will do the following:

  • Believe you, we will not question or blame you for the assault.
  • Validate feelings and experiences
  • Support you. We will be respectful of your decision.
  • Provide information, resources and referrals, as needed.
  • Accompany a survivor who must do something unfamiliar or difficult
  • Work together to take action.