Women’s Center staff advocates provide support to survivors of sexual and relationship violence including stalking. The NC State Women’s Center serves ALL NC State students and we welcome students of all genders, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Services include crisis counseling, academic/housing advocacy, accompaniment to court, student conduct hearings, and law enforcement agencies, and referrals to other services on campus or in the community.
Students can access services by coming to the Women’s Center 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, by calling the Sexual Assault Helpline: 919-515-4444 or even by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advocates are available to provide crisis intervention, emotional support and referrals to students affected by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking. We provide information about academic, legal, medical, emotional, and student conduct resources. We also offer support to secondary survivors, such as intimate partners, friends, family, and you.
Meet with an Advocate
If you or someone you know is dealing with interpersonal violence know that you are not alone. The Women’s Center has trained advocates who regularly work with survivors of relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking.
We know that survivors of interpersonal violence may be dealing with a range of emotions, as well as academic and physical stress. Our trained advocates are here to listen and help survivors understand all of their options whether on campus or off. Advocates are able to help survivors navigate the reporting process on campus, connect them to resources and make referrals on their behalf.
- What can an advocate help me with?:
- Reporting to university police
- Reporting to student conduct
- Acting as a support person during a student conduct hearing
- Helping with academic accommodations
- Assist with changes in housing or parking
- Accompaniment to court
- Understand the evidence collection process and accompaniment for that process
- Help with obtaining a restraining or no contact order
- Referrals to on-campus counseling
Meeting with an advocate can be simple. Contact us at 919-515-4444 or by emailing email@example.com.
Survivor's Bill of Rights
All survivors of interpersonal violence have the following rights as stated by the Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights:
- Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
- Survivors and the accused shall be informed of any outcome of a disciplinary hearing.
- Both parties must have the same opportunity to have others present in a disciplinary hearing (ie witnesses, an attorney, an advocate).
- Survivors shall be notified of counseling services that they may utilize.
- Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations.
Tips for Supporting Survivors
Tips for dealing with disclosure of interpersonal violence:
- Believe the survivor and tell them so.
- Do not blame the survivor for the assault. Be careful of your non-verbals as well as verbals.
- Just listen.
- Do not take control of the situation. Let the survivor make their own decisions about things like getting evidence collected, reporting, or getting help.
- Know your resources; offer to walk a survivor over to the Counseling Center if they need to talk to someone confidentially.
- Let the survivor recover at their own pace–know this may take weeks, months, or years.
- Do not ignore your own feelings, but do not let them overshadow the feelings of the survivor.
Things that are always up to a survivor:
- Whether or not to disclose their story to you or anyone else.
- Whether to use the term “victim” or “survivor” when describing themselves.
- Whether or not to report to the police.
- Whether or not to have evidence collected (rape kit).
- What resources to us, if any at all.
- What their healing path will look like.