Office of Violence Prevention Education and Advocacy


Mission

The mission of Violence Prevention Education and Advocacy is to ensure that students who are victims of sexual misconduct receive support, resources and information to assist in managing the aftermath of their experience, so they can succeed academically and personally.


Services

Violence Prevention Education and Advocacy is a comprehensive resource for any student who has experienced sexual misconduct. The office helps connect students to campus and community resources related to their specific needs. The demands of college life are substantial and a traumatic event can be overwhelming, compounding current stress. Violence Prevention Education and Advocacy strives to alleviate some of the burden of navigating processes and resources. Violence Prevention Education and Advocacy wants to help restore a sense of normalcy in students’ lives by offering a supportive presence and assistance to students who have been victimized. Some specific services provided include:

  • Confidential disclosure for sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment and stalking 
  • Direct crisis intervention
  • Exploration of options
  • Information and resources 
  • Referrals to on and off campus resources
  • Ongoing follow-up and support as needed
  • Personalized safety planning
  • Education and consultation for students, faculty and staff


Approach

Violence Prevention Education and Advocacy believes in empowering students who have been victimized to make decisions about their future in relation to the trauma they experienced. When someone is the victim of a violent crime, power and control are taken away from the victim. Violence Prevention Education and Advocacy helps students regain a sense of control by providing them with resources, options and support. Students are able to select which resources they would like to take advantage of and ultimately how they would like to move forward. This approach to advocacy helps students take ownership over their recovery, move at their own pace and ultimately thrive through a traumatic experience. 


2019-2020 Events

Fall

September 4: Campus Safety Fair from 11-2 on the first floor of the University Center

September 12: Sexual Assault 101 from 12-1 in 205C University Center (pizza provided)

September 18: Communicating Consent with Dr. Elizabeth Hammer and Dr. Shantoyia Jones from 12-1 in 205C University Center (pizza provided)

October 11: Robert Fieseler author of “Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation” from 12-1:30 in 205C University Center (lunch provided) 

October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month 

  • October 3: Domestic Violence 101 from 12-1 in 205C (pizza provided)
  • October 4: Intersections of Oppression roundtable discussion from 12-1 in 207 Administration Building (pizza provided)
  • October 10: Trauma and PTSD roundtable discussion from 12-1 in 207 Administration Building (pizza provided)
  • October 18: Healthy Relationships and Sexual Assault in the LGBTQIQA Community from 12-1 in 207 Administration Building (pizza provided)

October 24: Take Back the Night at Loyola in partnership with local universities: Time TBA

October 25: Campus Dating Violence roundtable discussion from 12-1 in 207 Administration Building (pizza provided)


Spring

February 19: Mardi Gras Break Safety Fair from 11-2 on the first floor of the University Center

April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month 

  • April 24: Denim Day from 11am-2pm on the 1st floor of the University Center