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Experiencing any form of violence can have a serious impact on your ability to cope with school and day-to-day activities. The campus victim advocate is here to provide compassionate crisis intervention and ongoing support to survivors and friends/families of survivors.
The campus victim advocate can act as a guide and companion - helping survivors explore their options, understand their rights, find answers to their questions and connect with other resources and people to build a network of support.
The campus victim advocate is a CONFIDENTIAL source on campus; meaning she will not disclose information to anyone without your consent.
These services are FREE to students, faculty and staff of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Below are some of the different systems the campus victim advocate can help you navigate:
- Help you understand your medical options after a sexual or physical assault.
- Accompany you to the hospital for a SANE Exam/Forensic Exam.
- Advocate for your needs and/or concerns while at the hospital.
- Accompany to follow-up appointments.
- Help you understand your legal and reporting options in regards to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and/or harassment.
- Accompany you when filing a police report.
- Explain and clarify the judicial process.
- Assist in filling out and submitting any legal paperwork such as Restraining Orders and Victim Impact Statements.
- Accompany you to any legal court proceedings (such as Restraining Order hearings or court case hearings).
- Act as a liaison between you and the legal system (police officers, district attorneys).
- Help you understand the University investigative process for incidents of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and/or harassment.
- This is separate from any legal process or police reports!
- Accompany you to file a report with the Dean of Students or to any further meetings.
- Assist in obtaining support and resources from the Dean of Students office such as:
- adding/dropping/switching classes
- moving residence hall buildings/rooms
- requesting no-contact orders, etc.
- Discuss your thoughts and feelings after incidents of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and/or harassment.
- Help you create a safety plan in case you feel in danger/threatened.
- Discuss rape culture and how it manifests on a college campus.
- Have a conversation with you and friends/families/partners to help navigate any changes in the relationship or to help others understand some of the things you may be going through.
- Help explain your options to friends/families/partners and advocate for your decisions. YOU have the right to choose whatever decisions you feel are best in that moment.