Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center

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Call 541-737-2030 for safe, confidential support and resources

The OSU Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center is a safe and confidential space for all university community members, including students, faculty and staff affected by different forms of violence.

Free and confidential services

  • 24/7 support for all OSU community members affected by sexual harassment, including sexual assault, unwanted sexual experiences, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking
  • Initial point of contact for help and support
  • Information about survivor rights and choices
  • Crisis intervention and stabilization
  • Safety planning
  • Survivor support groups
  • On-campus advocacy for academic and housing concerns
  • Information about law enforcement or OSU reporting options
  • Accompaniment to medical exams, police, or Title IX hearings
  • Referrals to on- and off-campus resources

About confidentiality

Oregon state law has granted confidentiality for any communication between a person seeking support as a result of intimate partner violence and the campus-based survivor advocate. 


For more information on Oregon State University's commitment and efforts to support survivors, please visit the university’s survivor support page.

Empowering survivors

The Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center serves as a first point of contact for survivors and their allies. We provide information about survivors’ choices and their rights, referrals to other services, and support for their right to regain control over their lives. 

Any form of interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, stalking, harassment, or bullying can have a profound and harmful impact. We are committed to listening, believing and supporting survivors and providing resources to aid in the healing process. We believe in the value of all persons and their right to make their own choices.

 

How to Get Help

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  • Go to a safe place immediately if you feel in danger.
  • If this is an emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • If this is a medical emergency during evenings and weekends, contact Good Samaritan Hospital at 541-768-5021.
  • If you would like an advocate to accompany you to the hospital for medical care, contact CARDV at 541-754-0110.
  • Seek on-campus medical care (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners at 541-737-9355) to determine your physical safety, provide prophylactic measures, and inform you of your options for collecting forensic evidence if desired.
  • Talk to a trusted person who can support you.
  • Consider talking to a confidential advocate on campus (Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center at 541-737-2030) for help with understanding what happened, provide you with information, assist you in finding the resources that you most need, and help you understand your rights as a student, staff or faculty member, including confidential resources and reporting options.
  • Consider talking to an off-campus advocate at the Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) at 541-754-0110, or to a counselor at CAPS Sexual Assault Support Services at 541-737-7604.

Confidential Resources

OSU Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center
  • Student Health Services, Plageman Bldg., Room 311
  • 541-737-2030 or email at survivoradvocacy@oregonstate.edu
  • Provides safe and confidential resources and support within the OSU community for survivors of violence including 24/7 crisis response
  • Houses a community resource center that includes a library of literature related to sexual and interpersonal violence; videos for information and skill building, and a safe place to gather
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Snell Hall, Fifth Floor
  • 541-737-2131
  • Provides 24/7 crisis response, confidential support, information and/or counseling for survivors of violence
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) at Student Health Services
  • Plageman Building
  • 541-737-9355
  • Provides confidential medical care, including emergency contraception, STI testing or treatment, and SAFE examinations for sexual assault
Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV)
  • Corvallis, Oregon
  • 541-754-0110 or 1-800-927-0197
  • Provides off-campus 24/7 crisis response and off-campus advocacy services and support
  • Connects survivors with county SANE through Sarah's Place
Sarah's Place
  • Corvallis, Oregon
  • 541-812-4420 or 800-863-5241
  • Provides off-campus 24/7 immediate medical support
  • Additional support is also available

Reporting Options

OSU Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (OEOA)
  • Snell Hall, Third Floor
  • 541-737-3556
  • Accepts formal and informal reports of sexual violence and harassment, investigates, and assists with remedies for survivors
Oregon State Police (OSP)
  • 541-737-7000 or 911
  • Responds to immediate safety concerns and criminal violations, including sexual and intimate partner violence, which may lead to criminal proceedings
Corvallis Police Department (CPD)
  • 541-766-6924 or 911
  • Responds to immediate safety concerns and criminal violations to parties living off OSU campus, including sexual and intimate partner violence, which may lead to criminal proceedings

All OSU employees must consult on disclosures of any form of sexual harassment, including sexual/dating/domestic violence and stalking.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Student Health Services is committed to taking an active stance in survivor-focused health care.

SHS now offers a fully integrated Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program to support any student, regardless of gender identity, who is a survivor of sexual assault.

By offering exams at the campus health center, sexual assault survivors can be in familiar surroundings with caring clinicians and do not have to be concerned about arranging transportation to the hospital. Survivors can continue seeing a Student Health clinician for any other health exams as well, which allows for a continuum of care for the survivor that includes sensitivity to their experience.

More facts about the SANE program
  • The SANE program is available on campus year round during regular SHS hours.
  • You do not have to report the assault to have an examination.
  • Examinations are available for all students, regardless of gender identity.
  • Visits with the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner are completely confidential.
  • Most services are free or include a minimal charge.
  • You will always be treated in a sensitive and caring manner. 
Call the Student Health Advice Nurse at 541-737-2724 or come to Student Health Services in the Plageman Building.

In addition, the Student Health Services provides sexual violence education and awareness information for the campus community. Staff can provide workshops or presentations on topics related to dating violence, rape and sexual assault.

(For support in Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese, and traditional Chinese, please contact the Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service.)

Sexual Assault/Harassment Amnesty Clause

The university WILL NOT pursue any conduct violation against a survivor for substance use, including alcohol, at the time of sexual assault/harassment if the sexual assault/harassment is reported to Student Conduct and Community Standards or the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Our Advocates

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Call 541-737-2030 or email survivoradvocacy@oregonstate.edu for safe, confidential support and resources

Amanda Stevens

Graduate Assistant

As the graduate assistant for the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center, I work to spread awareness of our center and services across Oregon State's campus.

I train, supervise and coordinate our student volunteers as well as plan some of our key events throughout the year, such as Take Back the Night, and other Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities.

Before coming to OSU to pursue a Master of Public Health, I recieved my Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education at Western Oregon University.

As a lifelong Oregonian I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with friends, family, and my 3-year-old border collie Benny.

Judy Neighbours, PhD

Director

As Director of the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center, I am one of the confidential advocates and a licensed psychologist.

I have had the honor of working with folks who have experienced unwanted sexual contact and other forms of relationship violence for 5 years at OSU.

Prior to that I worked as a psychologist specializing in trauma and providing court and community consultations on sexual violence and its impact.

I now live in Albany with my partner and 3 fantastic cats and one happy golden doodle.

Kimberly Hack, LCSW

Advocate

I am an advocate and licensed clinical social worker with the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center. 

I am originally from Michigan, where I earned both my bachelor and master degrees from the University of Michigan and worked as social worker for community non-profits. 

My previous work involved providing advocacy and counseling services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence and I am excited to continue supporting survivors at Oregon State. 

I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends, including my two Boston Terriers, Wally and Margot. 

Sexual Assault Resources

Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center

We offer 24/7 confidential support for all OSU community members affected by sexual harassment, including sexual assault, unwanted sexual experiences, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Through SARC, you can get help with:

  • Knowing your rights and options
  • Safety planning
  • Academic and housing concerns
  • Information about law enforcement or OSU reporting options
  • Referrals to on- and off-campus resources
  • And more. 

Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception is available at SHS. This medication can be taken within five days after unprotected intercourse to lower pregnancy risk. It is more effective if taken as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse. A website that can be helpful for learning about different contraceptive options is bedsider.org.

Sexual assault nurse exams

We are committed to survivor-focused health care and offer a fully integrated Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program to support any student, regardless of gender identity, who is a survivor of sexual assault. You do not have to report the assault to have an examination.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program

We are committed to survivor-focused health care and offer a fully integrated Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program to support any student, regardless of gender identity, who is a survivor of sexual assault.

With access to exams right here at the campus health center, sexual assault survivors can be in familiar surroundings with caring clinicians and do not have to be concerned about arranging transportation to the hospital. Survivors can continue seeing an SHS clinician for follow-up care, allowing for a continuum of care for the survivor that includes sensitivity to their experience.

  • You do not have to report the assault to have an examination.
  • Visits with the sexual assault nurse examiner are completely confidential.
  • Most services are free or include a minimal charge.
  • You will always be treated in a sensitive and caring manner. 
    • Because of the university’s Sexual Assault/Harassment Amnesty Clause, the university WILL NOT pursue any conduct violation against a survivor for substance use, including alcohol, at the time of sexual assault/harassment if the sexual assault/harassment is reported to Student Conduct and Community Standards or the Office of Equity and Inclusion

For help, call the Student Health Advice Nurse at 541-737-2724 or come to Student Health Services in the Plageman Building.  Support for those who speak Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese or traditional Chinese is available at the Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service.

National 24-Hour Hotlines

RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)

  • 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence Hotline                                   

  • 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

  • 503-230-1951

National Stalking Resource Center (NSRC)

National Human Trafficking Hotline and Resource Center

  • 1-888-373-7888

GLBT National Help Center

  • 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)

National Suicide Prevention Life Line Program

  • 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Espanol (Spanish) 1-888-628-9454
  • TTY 1-800-799-4TTY

Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force

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Common Reactions

First, know that there is no standard response to an experience of stalking or sexual or interpersonal violence. All survivor reactions are “normal.”

Most survivors cannot remember the entire story. They may be confused, have blotchy memories or complete gaps of memory after the event. This is a normal response to something that is traumatic, highly stressful and unexpected.

Feelings of fear, sadness and anger are common. Some people may feel numb. Others experience shock, disbelief or even denial and many have reported feeling helplessness and a loss of control.

Even though it is never the fault of the survivor, some people may feel guilty and blame themselves for things they did or did not do. Others fear being blamed by others.

Maintaining relationships and productivity in school or work can be difficult after experiencing violence. Some survivors avoid talking about what happened or going places that are reminders and most have difficulty trusting others. 

Supporting a Survivor

The truth about sexual violence:

It is never the fault of the survivor.

Your friend was not assaulted because of something they did or did not do. It has nothing to do with what they were wearing. It has nothing to do with going to a social event. It has nothing to do with not fighting or not saying “no” loud enough.

Sexual assault can occur in dating situations, in friendships, and between acquaintances who’ve just met.

It happens to people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, cultural identities, ethnicities, ages, and social classes.

Sexual assault occurs because there was a person in the room willing to commit sexual or interpersonal violence.

A person who was willing to coerce, manipulate, pressure, or overpower your friend in order to hurt them. A person who did not receive their ongoing, freely given consent.

Refer to our page on common reactions for more information.

Listen

  • Do not ask questions about the details of the experience. Just listen.

Believe

  • Believe their story. It will help in their recovery.
  • Remember they may have trouble understanding or remembering what happened to them.

Accept

  • Allow your friend to make their own decisions about what they want to do.
  • Do NOT make the decisions for them.

Validate

  • Validate their experience.
  • Communicate to them that it is not their fault under any circumstances, including what they wore, or what they did.

Support

  • Find out what they need from you.
  • Talk with them about confidential sources of support and information:
    • Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center
    • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
    • CAPS counselors

Educational Programs

The OSU Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center is committed to raising the awareness of the impact of sexual and interpersonal violence on both the individual and the community.

We have developed training programs and presentations to educate and inform the OSU community of this harmful impact and to provide suggestions for the development of attitudes and behaviors that are inclusive, just, and honoring to both individuals and community members impacted by violence.

Workshops

How to support a survivor
  • This workshop/presentation provides information and teaches skills in how to respond to a friend/colleague/family who has disclosed their experience of some form of sexual or interpersonal violence. We recognize the importance of a survivor experiencing a compassionate and non-judgmental response upon their disclosure that avoids any comments that can be interpreted as victim-blaming. This workshop/presentation will teach listening skills, communication skills, and challenges of some of the rape myths that contribute to a survivor’s difficulty in recovery
How to take care of yourself after a sexual assault
  • This workshop/presentation/discussion group was created to help survivors understand the impact of the sexual/interpersonal assault and to assist in learning coping strategies for their healing process. It offers information about rape myths that contribute to the harm of sexual violence. It offers suggestions for journeying through the healing process including resources that are available to survivors both on- and off- campus. It has been developed to empower the survivor to regain their sense of control and choice, to be validated and believed in their experience and to offer information and support for their chosen recovery.
Sexual assault: How we respond and what to expect
  • This workshop/presentation provides trauma-informed, survivor-centered information about the psychological and social impact of violence on individuals. The workshop is intended to help the audience understand the varying responses of survivors so that their response can be supportive and helpful.
Reporting and disclosure options: Non-confidential and confidential
  • This presentation identifies the options for survivors and community members for discussing the violence experience. Its intent is to inform the audience of reporting options to the school and/or the legal system, define those who are mandatory reporters to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and what that process would entail. It also identifies for the audience what confidentiality is and who the confidential resources are on- and off- campus.

Also available are customized workshops and presentations that meet the needs of students groups and campus departments. To request any of these workshops or presentations, use the online program request form.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is designated nationally and at OSU as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

During this month the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center will team with other campus partners to present a month-long schedule of events dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of sexual violence on individuals and the community.

These events typically include Take Back the Night, a rally and speak out; a documentary series; forum discussions; speaker presentations; sexual violence prevention presentations; and other events created by student organizations.