Campus advocates provide key support to sexual assault survivors — but ‘superheroes’ are in short supply

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Cal Matters

One of the lesser-known bills just signed into law aims to standardize the role of survivor advocates across California college campuses. These confidential employees work closely with students who have experienced sexual assault, helping them understand their legal options, decide whether and how to file complaints with Title IX offices protecting against sex-based discrimination, and navigate hearings that can bring up the trauma of the original event. But although an estimated 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men experience sexual violence while in college, survivor advocates’ availability varies widely across the University of California, California State University and community college systems, Mallika Seshadri and Zaeem Shaihk report in this comprehensive, illuminating story for CalMatters’ College Journalism Network.

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