An Advocate is a VU student volunteer for the Sexual Assault Awareness and Facilitative Education Office (SAAFE). They have special training that enables them to be non-judgmental supporters to all affected by a traumatic event. Advocates can work with survivors, friends of survivors, and perpetrators. Some assault survivors find Advocates helpful in processing their experience in a non-threatening way. All interactions are completely confidential.
What can a SAAFE Office Advocate do for me?
- Provide a peer's perspective
- Provide information and referrals to campus and community resources
- Provide an informal, supportive, no pressure relationship
- Keep all matters confidential
- Be available 24 hours a day to accompany and transport clients to counseling appointments and offer needed support
- Help friends of an assault survivor understand how they can be supportive
What types of issues do SAAFE Office Advocates help with?
- Sexual assault and abuse
- Sexual Harassment
- Dating violence
- Regretted sex
- Sexuality issues
- Substance Use (Alcohol, Date Rape Drugs) and Sexual Assault
- Abusive relationships
- Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships
- Unplanned pregnancy
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's)
- Body image concerns and eating disorder issues