Survivor Care & Prevention

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Survivor Care & Prevention

listen. believe. support.

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

The Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC) and the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Team have joined together to form the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education (CAPE). CAPE will operate through a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to provide a continuum of programs and services designed to prevent interpersonal and gender-based violence and to support survivors.

For advocacy support, please call 541-737-2030 or send us an email for safe, confidential services. Our in-office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours, select option 1 from the phone menu to leave a confidential voicemail, or option 2 to reach the 24/7 confidential advocacy hotline with our community partner CARDV.

Learn about OSU’s efforts to create a community free of interpersonal and gender-based violence or request a training by contacting the prevention team at 541-737-2347 or via email.

CAPE - What We Do

CAPE can offer support in many different ways, depending on individual's needs. For more detailed information about each area featured below, click on the graphic, or visit our "What We Do" page.

About CAPE

The Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education 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.

Confidentiality

Oregon law has granted confidentiality and privilege for any communications between a campus-based survivor advocate and a person seeking support as a result of interpersonal violence. CAPE policy regarding confidentiality is reviewed during intake appointments for new clients and client information is not shared with anyone unless explicit permission from the client is obtained. For safe, confidential, free support and resources, please contact us for an appointment.

What is CAPE?

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What is CAPE?

The Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC) and the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Team have joined together to form the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education (CAPE). CAPE will operate through a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to provide a continuum of programs and services designed to prevent interpersonal and gender-based violence (IP-GBV), and to support survivors of IP-GBV.

We believe you. We support you. We’re here to advocate alongside you.

Call 541-737-2030 or email [email protected] for safe, confidential advocacy services.

 

Make an Appointment

Our Team

  

Allison

she/her

Director of Interpersonal & Gender Based Violence Advocacy 

 

Allison began working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence in early 2000 as a volunteer for a rural crisis hotline while completing her undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology at Western Oregon University. Since then, she has remained deeply invested in advocating for survivors through her work with local nonprofits; organizing and building collaborations in local and State government; and providing local and national training that focuses on the development of collaborative community responses to gender-based violence. Allison lives in West Salem with her family and enjoys adventuring outdoors, gardening, and curling up with a good book. She is excited to be a part of the OSU community and looks forward to working together to enhance prevention, response, and support efforts for survivors at Oregon State. Please stop by and say hello!

  

Jenna

Survivor Advocate, MPH

 

Jenna is an OSU Beaver through and through. Having completed both her bachelor's and master's degrees at Oregon State University, Jenna now works as a Survivor Advocate for students who are affected by interpersonal violence. Jenna has a master's in Public Health with an option in Health Promotion and Health Behavior. She has previously worked as the Sexual Violence Prevention Outreach Assistant for OSU, and interned at Sarah's Place, a sexual assault clinic.

Jenna has received training in Survivor-Based Advocacy. She works with the belief that survivors should be in charge of their decisions, and that she is simply here to support them. Whether a student needs help reporting, academic assistance, a referral to CAPS, or just someone to talk to, Jenna is always happy to assist them. Students can reach her via email or by filling out the CAPE Google Form. 

  

Jocelyn

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Ecampus Survivor Advocate and Outreach Coordinator, MA, ERYT500, YACEP

Jocelyn comes to CAPE with over 15 years of experience in the health and wellness industry as a licensed massage therapist, yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and manager and director of nonprofit and community yoga studios. A born and bred Oregonian, Jocelyn lived all across the U.S. before settling in Corvallis to complete her Masters of Arts degree in Applied Ethics with an emphasis in Yogic Philosophy, Sociology, and Emergent Technologies at Oregon State University. It was during her time as a master’s student that she devised and taught a program addressing the stressors of teaching, learning, and communicating through online synchronous platforms. Trauma-Informed guidance has always been at the forefront of Jocelyn’s work, and she feels that joining the CAPE team brings together her years of contemplative practice, stress management education, and awareness of the ongoing needs of survivors in the academic setting. During her off-time, Jocelyn enjoys hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, and traveling with her husband and dog. She can always be pinged for a good yoga (virtual or in-person) resource list.

  

Missy

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Survivor Advocate

Missy is a trained social worker and certified advocate for survivors. After earning her MSW from Portland State University, she served a domestic violence advocate and program director for over 10 years. She is dedicated to supporting those experiencing the impacts of trauma and stress in accessing resources and connection. Missy discovered her passion for advocacy as an undergrad at Ohio State, where she majored in Women and Gender studies. She got a job with Planned Parenthood on campus and after graduating with her bachelor’s degree, moved to San Francisco, then Portland continuing to advocate for sexual and reproductive justice. Now, Missy is honored to advocate for survivors at OSU. She believes that we must collectively work to end all forms of oppression to effectively address the dynamics of interpersonal violence. Missy lives in Corvallis and loves riding bikes, going on dog walks, crafting, and camping around the Northwest. Missy’s door is always open – all are welcome here! 

What We Do

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What We Do

CAPE is committed to supporting survivors and allies by providing information about rights and choices, resources, and referrals to other services.  

Survivors can meet with advocates to discuss different options and resources available to them. While each situation is unique and resources may vary, CAPE offers the below support and services:  

 

For additional information about each area, please select the heading from the list below:

Learn more about what we do and how we can help

Make An Appointment

PLEASE NOTE: The Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Education (CAPE)  staff are working remotely, and remain available for confidential tele-advocacy appointments and consultations.  Please call our 24/7 line at (541) 737-2030, e-mail us or make an appointment with us here

 

CAPE advocates have a survivor-centric approach to care. Transparency is at the heart of this approach. With that in mind, here is what an appointment with an advocate will look like during remote delivery of services:

Once you connect with CAPE, staff will assist you with scheduling an appointment with an advocate. Depending on your preference, this appointment can be over the phone or zoom. The advocate will send you the zoom information in advance of the appointment, along with the Client Consent form for you to review and sign regarding CAPE’s confidentiality policy.

At the designated time, the advocate will call you from a restricted number or connect with you over Zoom. The advocate will talk with you about confidentiality and privilege. Then, you guide the conversation. The advocate may ask "What brings you to CAPE?" or "How can CAPE help you?" It is up to you how much you would like to share. You can share how much or how little detail you are comfortable with. You are not required to disclose your traumatic experience.

The advocate will also provide an overview of CAPE's services and options for assistance and support. You will then work together to discuss your individual needs and create a plan for addressing these needs, as well as steps for additional safety and support. These goals may require additional paperwork or referrals and the advocate will talk with you about ways to complete these forms remotely. Due to confidentiality, CAPE may also need you to sign a release of information in order for the advocate to assist with communication outside of CAPE. 

Going forward, you are welcome to communicate and/or meet with the advocate as needed to work on these advocacy goals.

If you have any issues with connecting to the advocate via Zoom, please email them directly or call the CAPE main line to troubleshoot or arrange for alternative communication.

 

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CAPE advocates support survivors in obtaining assistance with their classes and other academic needs. 

Advocates can communicate with professors in conjunction with or on behalf of survivors and help them obtain extensions, excused absences, support for individual assignments, and other accommodations. 

Depending on your situation, we can also support and explore options for circumstances regarding late withdrawals, dropping classes, refunds, incomplete grades, and academic probation.

We are here to help navigate university systems, connect survivors with financial aid, student accounts, and other departments not specific to individual assignments. Advocates can also support students with petitions and appeals as needed, as well as accompany survivors to any meetings with professors, department deans, or advisors. 

Please make an appointment with an advocate in order to further explore these options.

Make An Appointment

CAPE Advocates can help survivors access and secure financial assistance.

The Survivor Fund is available to directly provide financial compensation to survivors for costs they may have incurred as a result of their experience. This can include reimbursement for expenses such as hospital bills, medical care, transportation, clothes, and emergency hotel stays. Please contact the CAPE office for further information.

Advocates can work with university systems and partners, such as financial aid, to help survivors work through any financial hardships they may be facing. We also connect students with our partner colleagues at other campus offices and resources for support, such as Student Accounts and the HRSC.

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CAPE advocates are committed to advocating for survivor rights. We work to prepare you for life beyond OSU and to help you build up a sense of wellness.

Developing strategies for wellness and resilience after trauma are unique processes for each survivor. What helps one survivor cope and work towards healing may be completely different for someone else. Consider thinking about the self-care strategies already in your toolbox. What helps you feel calm or relaxed? What gives you joy or a sense of community? What ways have you expressed your feelings before? This might help you get started on an individualized plan that works specifically for you.  

A CAPE advocate can also support you in exploring options to incorporate wellness in ways that are accessible and of interest to you.

Make An Appointment

CAPE is committed to taking an active stance in survivor-focused health care.

Sarah's Place is a clinic in Albany, OR offering specialized medical care with certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) for anyone who has experienced sexual assault. If you have experienced a sexual assault within the last five days, please contact CAPE immediately to discuss urgent medical needs, including the option of a forensic exam.

An exam is free and can be anonymous or non-anonymous. You are not required to report to law enforcement or to the school before or after a SANE exam. 

CAPE advocates can discuss, explain, and answer questions around your medical options.  This can include a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, STI and pregnancy testing, accessing emergency contraception, talking through contraceptive and reproductive health care options, and generalized medical care after a physical assault.  We can accompany survivors to medical appointments as desired. We can also help you access STI testing and emergency contraception. Student Health Services clinicians are confidential.

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A safety plan is a personalized plan that addresses a survivor's safety needs. It is specific to the individual and their experience. Depending on their circumstances, it can also include a plan for managing crises or a continued threat of violence. 

CAPE advocates support survivors in thinking through their options for safety, including physical, emotional, social, and technological safety.

Advocates and survivors can co-create a personalized safety plan. We assist survivors and discuss their options to safely leave or to safely stay in their situation. Some options for safety planning include:

  • Explaining the step-by-step process of filling out and obtaining a restraining order.  
  • Filling out legal paperwork and connecting with legal assistance
  • Obtaining "No Contact Orders" on campus through the university
  • Creating individualized safety plans:
    • If a survivor is concerned about continued threat of violence from an assailant, it is helpful to identify options for safety to reduce harm. Consider safe people to contact for assistance when needed or a safe place to stay if your location has been compromised. This can also include identifying locations within your home to physically place yourself in to stay safe during a violent encounter, as well as devising a plan with neighbors or friends to assist you or call for help when the need arises. Survivors can also discreetly gather and store documents, medications, and other essentials if considering leaving.
    • For cyberstalking, consider maintaining your original handle or profile and creating a new one that the stalker is unaware of, planning out different routes to classes each day, or establish safety check-ins with friends or classmates, etc. It can also include making your public information private, asking others to maintain your privacy, and adding other safety precautions to your everyday life. 
    • Consider blocking certain individuals through phone, social media, and other accounts for tech safety. Turn off location settings on your phone and plan out various routes to classes and work in case of tracking.
    • An emotional safety plan could include having a plan to contact a support person, listing and utilizing go-to coping strategies, and any other follow-up care that may be needed.

Make An Appointment

CAPE advocates offer crisis intervention and provide emotional support to survivors. They can help develop coping skills and talk through issues the survivor may be facing. Advocates can also give referrals for survivors who are in need of ongoing counseling. 

Counseling

We work closely with CAPS and their interpersonal violence services coordinator. We can refer students directly to our colleagues at CAPS or to other counseling options in the community. CAPS offers individualized and group counseling. 

Support Groups

CAPE and CAPS co-facilitate the Circle of Support group, a peer support group for survivors for interpersonal violence. The support group provides survivors with a safe setting to share thoughts and feelings, connect with other survivors, and learn information that supports healing. 

The Circle of Support is open to all students on a drop-in basis and is free and confidential. The support group schedule is subject to change. If you are interested in attending, please contact CAPE for the most up to date information.

 

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CAPE Advocates can support you in considering reporting options and deciding if you want to report. We can talk through questions or concerns you may have before making a decision. We work closely with the Corvallis Police Department and can arrange for them to take a report either in the CAPE office or at their station. Advocates can accompany survivors throughout the school's Title IX process through the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) and can refer out to other assistance, such as legal aid, as needed.

Please note: reporting to law enforcement or EOA is NOT required.  CAPE knows there may be various reasons that survivors do not want to report, including reactivating trauma by going through the reporting process and/or harm experienced through prior contact with law enforcement.  

 

Reporting Options 

OSU Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) 

  • Snell Hall, 3rd Floor
  • (541)737-3556
  • Accepts formal and informal reports of sexual violence and harassment, investigates

 

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.
  • Please note that if a crime occurred in another jurisdiction, reports may need to made to other law enforcement agencies. 

 

Some employees are required to disclose any form of sexual harassment, including sexual/dating/domestic violence and stalking under the Responsible Employees Mandate

Please be mindful of who you disclose to on campus, knowing that an employee may have to report.

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CAPE can help survivors find safe housing alternatives so that survivors are secure, both physically and emotionally. 

Advocates assist in finding safe and alternative housing accommodations for survivors and help them secure new living arrangements suitable for their situation. We can work with on- or off-campus partners in order to best support survivors. Advocates can discuss alternatives, help negotiate contracts, advocate to landlords or property managers as needed, and pay for emergency hotel stays.

We work with CARDV to provide confidential living arrangements and with the HRSC to help survivors access hotel stays, short term on-campus leases, and vouchers. We also can provide financial, emotional, and logistical support throughout the moving process for survivors.

Who We Serve

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Who We Serve

CAPE is committed to serving the community. We provide confidential advocacy services in English and Spanish to students, faculty, and staff including those in extension offices, Cascades Campus, Hatfield Marine Science Center, and E-Campus. We are dedicated to our core values of providing compassionate, intersectional, trauma-informed, and survivor-centered care to all survivors.

CAPE assists those who have been directly or indirectly impacted, at any point in their life, by:

  • Sexual assault, including unwanted sexual contact
  • Domestic Violence, including roommate violence, family abuse, childhood sexual abuse, kidnapping, and witnessing abuse
  • Dating Violence, including reproductive coercion
  • Stalking, including cyberstalking and revenge porn
  • Academic coercion
  • Gender-based harassment and discrimination
  • Friends and allies of survivors

We serve:

  • All sexual orientations
  • All racial and ethnic identities
  • All gender identities
  • All cultural identities
  • All abilities

 

Friends and Allies

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Friends and Allies

If someone you know has experienced interpersonal violence, it is important to know that it is never the fault of the survivor. 

If a student shares that they or their friend have experienced sexual violence, please consider the following when responding:

  • Listen: 
    • Do not ask questions about the details of the experience. Just listen without interruptions or assumptions.
       
  • Believe: 
    • Believe their story. 
    • Let them know it was not their fault, and thank them for telling you. 
    • Avoid asking "why" questions, as this can sound accusatory or blaming.
    • Survivors may not remember what happened to them, or may not identify it as rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking.  Mirror the vocabulary they use
  • Accept: 
    • Allow the student to make their own decisions about what they want to do. Follow their lead.
    • Do not make the decisions for them.
       
  • Validate:
    • Validate their experience. 
    • Communicate to them that it is not their fault under any circumstance, 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, such as CAPE.
    • Ask how you can best support them.
    • Make sure to take care of yourself, too.

Workshops

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Workshops

CAPE is committed to raising awareness of the impact of interpersonal violence on both the individual and the community.

We develop tailored training programs to educate and inform the OSU community about CAPE's resources and the dynamics of interpersonal violence.  We can work with your organization or department to further develop your trauma-informed response to disclosures.

To request a presentation, please fill out this form.

Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Education (CAPE) Information and Resources

 

This presentation will provide participants with information about campus and community resources available to survivors of interpersonal violence. It will describe the confidential advocacy services provided by the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Education (CAPE) and allow participants to engage with a CAPE representative.

Providing a trauma-informed response to disclosures of sexual and/or intimate partner violence

 

This workshop provides guidance and suggested language for navigating difficult and sensitive discussions with students who have entrusted you with a disclosure of violence. It will include helpful responses, language regarding your limits of confidentiality, and options for resources for your students. Additionally, this workshop will provide education on the impact of trauma so that you can provide an informed and helpful response to disclosures of violence.

 

Resources

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Resources

Community Resources

 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 

Snell Hall, Fifth Floor

541-737-2131

Provides 24/7 crisis response and confidential confidential counseling for survivors of violence. 

Get connected: Emotional support Advocacy

 

 

Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV)

Located in Linn and Benton Counties

541-754-0110 or 1-800-927-0197

Provides off-campus 24/7 crisis response and off-campus advocacy services and support

 

 

Sarah’s Place

Located in Albany

541-812-4420 or 800-863-5241

Provides off-campus 24/7 medical support and evidence collection (Sexual Assault Forensic Exam)

 

Resource Library

Survivor Resources at OSU

A helpful PDF download full of resources including confidential services, reporting options, cultural resource centers, student support groups, resources available on each OSU campus in Oregon (Corvallis, Portland, Bend and Newport) as well as national and international resources.

Get Involved

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Get Involved

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with CAPE. Please reach out to us via email to find out how you can get involved.

CAPE’s Survivor Fund provides immediate and direct financial aid to survivors (including students, faculty, and staff) of interpersonal violence who may have financial needs related to their safety. We use these funds to support survivors for costs relating to: immediate relocation or moving expenses, childcare, clothing or school supplies, and other general financial needs. To make a donation, please click here.

 

If you are a survivor seeking financial support, please contact us at (541) 737-2030 or send us an email to get connected. 

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

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The SANE program at Student Health Services is temporarily paused. If you are interested in SANE services or would like to learn more about survivor support available at OSU, please contact the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Education (CAPE). CAPE provides free and confidential comprehensive advocacy services. A CAPE advocate can work with you on a plan for accessing medical care, including forensic medical examinations at Sarah's Place.
We're committed to taking an active stance in survivor-focused health care.

SHS offers a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program to support any student 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. Survivors may continue seeing a Student Health clinician for any other concerns, allowing continuity of care and sensitivity to their experience.

More facts about the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program
  • The SANE program is available 24/7 either at SHS or at Sarah's Place.
  • You do not have to report the assault to have an examination.
  • Examinations are available for all students.
  • 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. 
If you want to talk to someone about SANE services, 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 Center of Hope & Safety.)

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 Equal Opportunity and Access.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please feel free to contact CAPE with any questions by calling us at (541) 737-2030, emailing us or making an appointment with us here

CAPE FAQ

Confidentiality means information disclosed to an advocate will not be shared without explicit written permission from the survivor. This is meant to be protective of the survivor and to enhance safety. You are in control of your information and if/how it will be shared. Privilege means that there are certain relationships and communications that are protected so that a person can seek help without fear that any disclosed information will be used against them. It is a protection between the client and the professional. Advocate-survivor privilege protects the confidentiality and privacy of survivors. Survivors also have the privilege to refuse to disclose information. Please keep in mind OSU faculty and staff are mandatory reporters for child abuse. For additional details and information on this topic, please see this document

An appointment will look different depending on the individual person’s needs. In a typical intake appointment, you will meet with an advocate, discuss confidentiality and your rights, review an informed consent for services, and discuss where your information goes. You will also talk about what CAPE does and how we can help you. You are free to share as much or as little as you want. Together, we will come up with a plan on how we can help you with any goals you have.  

We are NOT required to report to OSU’s Title IX Office, or to law enforcement. The exception is that, as a public university employee, we are required to report child abuse. Appointments are confidential, meaning we do not report or share anybody’s information without a written, informed, and time-sensitive release of information. 

Advocacy is crisis intervention and provides emotional support to help you reach your goals. It is a task-oriented approach that is available as needed. It can help you explore options and resources for support, then access those services as needed. Advocates can discuss different questions and concerns so that the survivor can make an informed decision about what resource is best for them. Counseling helps process trauma and meets regularly to help build coping skills. Counselors help explore feelings and develop tools and techniques for self-care as needed.  

We serve students, staff, and anyone affiliated with OSU, regardless of where they are geographically located. This means we support survivors and allies in Corvallis, at Cascades campus, at Hatfield Marine Science Center, e-campus, and all OSU extension offices. In addition, we support survivors whose perpetrators are students, faculty, and staff at OSU even if they themselves are not. You can read more about who we serve here.

CAPE and CAPS co-facilitate the Circle of Support group, which is an open, drop-in peer support group for survivors, regardless of their gender identity or experience. It’s a way for survivors to come together and support each other with their experiences. The support group schedule is subject to change. If you are interested in attending, please contact SARC for the most up to date information. CAPS also has a variety of support and counseling groups.

You are not required to report in order to connect with a CAPE advocate, and disclosing to a confidential CAPE advocate is not the same as reporting. We understand that there are many barriers that survivors face in reporting and that in some circumstances, reporting may cause more harm to the survivor. If you’re interested, an advocate can speak more with you about options for reporting, and if you choose to report, we are here to support you through that process. 

A forensic exam is an opportunity for survivors to have their medical health assessed, to make sure they are medically well, and to receive any necessary treatment. It is also an opportunity to collect and document evidence from a sexual assault or dating/domestic violence incident that has occurred in the last 5 days. This exam is free and can be anonymous. Survivors can opt in or out of any portion of this process. If you have questions or want to talk to a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, an advocate can connect you. 

We provide short- and long-term advocacy, crisis intervention, and emotional support. We are not licensed psychologists and do not provide ongoing mental health counseling. We can refer out to a counselor either at CAPS or in the community as needed.  

Yes, appointments are free, confidential, and unlimited. It is not tied to medical records, and we do not bill insurance. 

No, appointments are not tied to student fees. CAPE services are accessible whether you pay student fees or not.  

An Open Letter to Survivors

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An Open Letter to Survivors

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Download Full Letter Here
 
We love you. We support you. We are here to advocate with you.

We are writing to reaffirm, again and always, our commitment to believing and supporting survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence in our OSU community, across all identities and experiences. We recognize that the constant influx of media around campus sexual violence has a significant impact on our community; the recent news might be feeling inescapable, overwhelming, or triggering/activating. You may be holding feelings of anger, sadness, and betrayal. We want to remind you that it is normal to be experiencing any number of feelings surrounding this flood of distressing news about trauma and violence - those reactions are real and they deserve to be acknowledged and taken seriously. Your stories and experiences are valid, and we are here to support you and your healing, no matter how that looks.

No survivor should be made to feel ashamed or invalidated based upon their decision of when or if to disclose their experience. We believe that survivors should always be extended choice and agency around the telling of their story, and we know that a survivor’s experience is not defined by their choice to report. We are concerned about the conflation of reporting and support services: we know that while reporting may be part of your healing process, survivor support extends well beyond that decision. Whether or not you choose to make a report, there are many campus resources available to support you, whatever path forward you decide to take.

We trust you as the expert of your own experience, to know what is best for you in your healing. You are never under an obligation to disclose to anyone as “proof” of your experience, and a decision not to report doesn’t mean that it didn't happen, nor that your story doesn't matter. We also acknowledge that the wholeness and complexity of your experiences, your hurt and humanity and resilience, are not fully captured by the reductive language of “compliance” and “misconduct.” However you define your experience is valid and we support you.

We are committed to creating a campus environment where survivors are supported and where your voices are heard. We will continue to invite the OSU administration, Board of Trustees, and President Alexander into fruitful and action-based discussions around how we can cultivate a campus that centers survivor voice, prioritizes primary prevention efforts, and holds itself and all of us personally and institutionally accountable to our common goal of a violence-free campus community. Transformative change is not only possible, but an absolute imperative.

We recognize that this may be a particularly difficult time to navigate survivorship. There are a number of campus resources dedicated to supporting you. The Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Education (CAPE) and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) will be offering a confidential processing space for students on Tuesday March 16th at 1:30pm, as well as a confidential processing space for faculty and staff on Friday, March 19th at 12pm. Please sign up for this space here.

We also want to remind you that all university employees, with the exception of confidential resources (CAPS, CAPE, Ombuds, and clinicians at SHS), are responsible for informing the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) when they receive a disclosure of interpersonal violence. This, of course, doesn't mean that you can't or shouldn't speak with non-confidential employees - we simply believe you have the right to make an informed choice about how and with whom you share your story.

 

CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES

The Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Education (CAPE) 

is a confidential resource that offers on-campus advocacy for all OSU community members affected by any form of sexual violence. Advocates provide crisis intervention,

information about your rights and options on and off campus as a survivor, assistance with safety-planning, and connection to other resources (medical, academic, housing, counseling, etc.). CAPE & CAPS also co-host Circle of Support, a weekly drop-in support group for survivors, if you would like to join please reach out to CAPE. You can make an appointment with us through our website.

 

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) 

is a confidential resource offering supportive, trauma-informed, survivor-centered counseling. Clinicians on the CAPS Interpersonal Violence Services (IVS) team are here to hold space for you to process your thoughts, feelings, and emotions, no matter where in your healing journey you find yourself.

 

The Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV) 

is a community (off campus) resource in Corvallis offering 24-hour crisis response and support groups for survivors.

 

NON-CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES

The Women and Gender Center,

a non-confidential resource, provides opportunities to build connections and community. Our programming is currently being offered remotely. To stay up to date on ways to engage with the center we invite you join our listservs and follow us on social media (IG: @osu_wgc; https://www.facebook.com/OSU.HRWGC) In April, we will be collaborating with campus partners on Sexual Assault Awareness Month programming.

    

Equal Opportunity & Access,

a non-confidential resource, for those students and faculty who would like to report their experience of interpersonal violence to the university, you have the option to do so through the EOA website. An anonymous reporting option is available. SARC advocates are also available to help guide you through the university and/or criminal legal (i.e. police) reporting processes, should you decide this is right for you.

 

We love you, believe you and we are here to advocate with you. We support you in whatever way you choose, every step of the way.

 

In Solidarity,

 

Elizabeth Kennedy
Sexual Violence Prevention Specialist, Student Health Services
 
Whitney Archer
Center Director, Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center
 
Amy Frasieur
Health Equity Specialist, Student Health Services
 
Kimberly Hack
Survivor Advocate, Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center
 
Sahana Prasad
Interpersonal Violence Services Coordinator, Counseling & Psychological Services
 
Amanda Stevens
Sexual Health Coordinator, Student Health Services
 
Becca Williams
Director, Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center