Advocates are available to provide confidential crisis intervention and emotional support through the Women and Gender Advocacy Center. Advocates in the office are full time staff members dedicated to working with students who have experienced trauma. We provide information about academic, legal, medical, emotional, and student conduct resources to survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. We also offer support to secondary survivors, such as intimate partners, friends, family, and you.
Call 970-491-6384 during business hours M-F. In addition, the 24-hour Victim Assistance Team is available to assist survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. Call 970-491-7111 and ask to speak with an advocate.
All information shared with advocates is confidential unless the person is a danger to themselves, someone is in imminent danger, a child currently under 18 has been abused or if the perpetrator is currently in a position of power over minors (even if the survivor is over the age of 18).
The Victim Assistance Team (VAT) is here to assist Colorado State University students and any family or friends who have been sexually assaulted on or off campus; and staff, faculty, or visitors who have been sexually assaulted on campus. Trained Victim Advocates are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide emotional support and information if you have been sexually violated.
What Does the Victim Assistance Team Do?
* Advocates assist victims of all genders, and any family or friends to cope with the physical, psychological and legal aftermath resulting from a sexual assault.
* Trained Victim Advocates are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide emotional support and information to someone who has been sexually violated.
* Advocates can provide information about the victim's choices for getting medical care. Advocates can meet with a student in a residence hall room, at a designated spot on campus, or another agreed upon location.
* Advocates can also accompany a victim to the hospital or Women's Clinic (or Men's Clinic) at Hartshorn Health Center if she or he would like.
* They can explain the process of reporting the assault to the police and can go with the victim to the police station if they decide to file a report. They can also let the victim know about the University's Student Conduct system if the perpetrator is a student.
* Calling for an advocate does not obligate reporting anything to the police, except when there is a significant public safety concern.
Who are the Advocates?
Hotline Advocates are volunteers (students, staff and faculty) who complete an extensive training program. They understand the complexity of the aftermath of sexual assault and can assist students in making decisions and obtaining resources. They are educated about legal and medical systems, psychological ramifications of sexual assault and can provide choices and information about medical care. Advocates can provide emotional support as the victim seeks resources. The victim remains in charge of making the decisions, unless there is a significant public safety concern.