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SARC 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, SARC offers the below support and services:
PLEASE NOTE: The Survivor Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC) 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.
SARC 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:
For your first scheduled appointment, you'll arrive at SARC and be greeted in the main office (311 Plageman). A SARC staff member will check you in and have you review and sign the Client Consent form. This details SARC confidentiality.
Next, the advocate will come to the main office and walk you to the advocate's office. Once there, the advocate will talk about confidentiality and privilege with you.
Then, you guide the conversation. The advocate may ask "What brings you to SARC?" or "How can SARC 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.
Some clients prefer for the advocate to provide an overview of SARC's services and options for assistance and support. You will then work together to discuss your individual needs and to create a plan for addressing these needs, as well as a plan for additional safety and support. These goals may require additional paperwork or referrals.
Due to confidentiality, SARC may also need you to sign a release of information in order for the advocate to assist with communication outside of the SARC office. Going forward, you are welcome to communicate and/or meet with the advocate as needed to work on these advocacy goals.
SARC 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.
SARC 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 SARC 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.
SARC 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 SARC advocate can also support you in exploring options to incorporate wellness in ways that are accessible and of interest to you.
SARC 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 SARC 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.
SARC 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.
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.
SARC 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:
SARC 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.
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.
SARC 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 SARC for the most up to date information.
SARC 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 SARC 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. SARC 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.
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.
SARC 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.