What Is Advocacy?

What do Safer Advocates offer?

Safer's Campus Advocates are extensively trained on the dynamics of gender- and power-based violence and survivor-centered empowerment & healing. All of our advocates are certified through the state of California for sexual assault & domestic violence crisis intervention, support & advocacy. We offer:

  • Safety planning
  • Accompaniments to health centers, law enforcement interviews, university administrative appointments, faculty office hours, etc.
  • Information on and guidance throughout various reporting processes (law enforcement, Title IX, etc.) if the survivor chooses to report
  • Assistance with necessary accommodations to the living and learning environment
  • Not Anymore alternative training accommodations
  • Connection to resources on campus & in the community

We strive to be a safe place to process and talk about your choices on your own terms. We do not provide therapy services, but are here to listen, empower & support you, as well as help facilitate decision-making. If you are interested in long-term therapy, your advocate can help facilitate referrals.

You are the expert of your own experience. We do not give advice, tell you what to do, or make decisions on your behalf – we are here to support you through any of your decisions, walk alongside you throughout your healing path, and empower you to acknowledge your resiliency.

Things to Know/Frequently Asked Questions

  • Safer is a resource for all students, faculty, and staff members at Cal Poly.
  • All of our services are free of charge.
  • We are a confidential resource, meaning we do not share any of your information with the university without your explicit consent.
  • We are separate from the Title IX office and do not process reports or facilitate investigations; we are here to listen, validate, support and advocate for survivors.

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