The Survivor Advocacy program advocates for all student survivors, regardless of sexual orientation, sexual identification, and gender expression. You are not expected to “out” yourself to get support from the Survivor Advocacy program. You do not have to answer questions about your abuser’s/attacker’s name or gender if you don’t want to. We recognize that you have already been through enough and that you only need to share information that you are comfortable sharing with us.
Yes. The University of Arizona is committed to this program and took the necessary time to restructure, strength, and fortify the program and the service it provides to clients. The two Survivor Advocates are not required to report instances of sexual or gender-based violence and can provide survivors with the necessary support and advocacy services. If you meet with a Survivor Advocate, you will not be required to report the crime but will be supported if you choose to do so.
Confidential resources exist on campus through Counseling and Psych Services (CAPS) and Legal Aid.
Yes. We provide all services free of charge to students.
We are located on the 4th floor in the Student Union Memorial Center, within the Center for Student involvement and Leadership. Call our office if you can not locate us: 520-621-5767
No. We provide emotional support, crisis intervention, and practical assistance. The Survivor Advocacy program will explain your options, assist you in whatever choices you make, and connect you to appropriate campus and community resources. University of Arizona's Counseling & Psychological services provides students with mental health counseling services. You can contact Counseling & Psych Services at 520-621-3334.
The Survivor Advocacy program provides options, support, and safety planning at any stage of your relationship, whether you choose to leave or stay. We will talk to you about the differences between healthy and abusive relationships. In many situations, physical abuse may not have occurred but other forms of abuse are happening, such as emotional, sexual, or financial abuse.
Yes. It is okay if your friend wants you to come with them to the Survivor Advocacy Program. The Survivor Advocates can also provide information and guidance on ways you can help your friend if they do not want to meet with an advocate.
No, you don't. You can complete an online referral for yourself, and one of the Survivor Advocates will contact you to set up an appointment.
Evidence Collection after a Sexual Assault
In Pima County the evidentiary exam (also known as a “rape kit”) and advocacy support are available any time of day or night. If you were assaulted less than 120 hours ago, you may want to consider going to the hospital to have evidence collected. This examination preserves evidence in case you decide to press charges. This exam is paid for by the county and can be requested by you regardless of your decision to report to police.
Suggestions regarding evidence collection:
- Any hospital can provide quality medical care, however there is only one hospital specifically equipped to provide evidentiary exams. If you are considering an evidentiary exam, this service is available at Tucson Medical Center, located at 5301 E. Grant Rd.
- When you arrive at the hospital tell the ER personnel that you were sexually assaulted. If you aren’t offered a SACASA advocate, it’s within your rights to request one.
- Wait until after the exam to shower or cleanse yourself, eat, drink or smoke. This allows for maximum retention of evidence. If you have showered you can still request an evidentiary exam.
- If you have had any period of amnesia associated with the assault, or if you are uncertain as to if an assault occurred, try not to urinate until you get to the hospital (if possible) and tell the hospital you’d like to give a urine sample to screen for possible drugs.
- If you are still wearing the clothes you had on during the assault, it is recommended that you wear them to the exam and bring a change of clothing to wear home.
- If you already changed clothes, bring the clothes you had on during the assault with you to the hospital in a paper bag. The clothing you wore during the assault may be kept as evidence. Even if the assault occurred some time ago, your clothing may still contain evidence.
Understand that it is not the survivor’s fault and communicate this
Communicate your willingness to be supportive
Take the initiative to maintain communication with survivor
Allow for space and silence
Know the options and offer them to the survivor
Help the survivor in gaining safety
Remember to practice self-care
Sexual harassment is a broad term, including many types of unwelcome verbal and physical sexual attention. Sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior, often physical, that occurs without the consent of the victim. Sexual harassment generally violates civil law and University policies, but usually is not a criminal act. Sexual assault is considered a violation of the law.
Some forms of sexual assault include:
Penetration of the victim’s body, also known as rape.
Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetration of the perpetrator’s body.
Fondling or unwanted sexual touching.
The aim of the Survivor Advocacy program is to inform students of their rights and their options and to provide support, based on what the student wants. It is up to the student to decide how they would like to proceed (if at all). Meeting with an Advocate does not obligate a student to proceed in any way, and Advocates will support students' decisions.