Supporting Survivors

When someone has been sexually assaulted, they need a great deal of support from friends and family as well as counselors, law enforcement, doctors, and so on. Many people do not know how to help someone through the trauma of sexual assault and feel that they are in some way failing someone they love. These feelings can sometimes be unintentionally transmitted to the survivor. This can make it even harder for survivors to cope with their experiences and often leaves them with even more feelings of guilt and confusion.

How you respond matters:

Our Services

Confidential advocates through University Counseling Services are available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to support students who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, or harassment. Advocates are available to help students navigate systems such as Title IX and criminal investigations. Advocates accompany students to court, investigative interviews, hospitals, and any other incident-related appointments. They refer students for services (i.e. counseling) on and off-campus. They also provide violence prevention education to faculty, students, and staff. Advocacy services are confidential and require no additional reporting after a student discloses. They are located on the 2nd Floor in the University Commons in the counseling office. Advocates can be reached at 804-828-6200 or by confidential email at

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