Sexual Assault: Overview: Advocate

Spartans for Safety - Sexual Assault

What is a Sexual Assault Advocate?

A Sexual Assault Advocate is a specially trained staff or volunteer with the YWCA Rape Crisis Center. The Sexual Assault Advocate?s role is to inform you of your options & support you in your decisions.

The Sexual Assault Advocate can:

  • Accompany you to interviews with Law Enforcement
  • Accompany you to interviews with the District Attorney?s Office
  • Accompany you to apply for a Protection from Abuse or Harassment
  • Accompany you to Court Proceedings
  • Be a liaison between you and other system members of the Sexual Assault Response Team (S.A.R.T.)
  • Answer questions regarding the S.A.R.T. system members
  • Refer you to a list of counselors or therapists
  • Assist you in finding out about your reported case
  • Explain things when they get confusing
  • Provide support for family and friends
  • Provide ongoing support throughout the process and beyond

The Sexual Assault Advocate cannot:

  • Give legal advice
  • Transport you in their vehicle
  • Represent you in a court proceeding

Request an Advocate

You can either contact the YWCA Rape Crisis Center directly or contact one of the following departments on campus to help you: