For Survivors of Sexual Assault
If you or a loved one have been sexually assaulted, you can contact EROC through our secure form here. You can also call us at 424.777.EROC.
We provide free, direct assistance to all survivors of gender-based and sexual violence, including, but not limited to, in the following ways:
- connecting survivors, parents and friends with support networks
- filing federal complaints
- mentoring student activists
- connecting survivors with mental health professionals
- connecting survivors with legal counsel
Additionally, our staff are happy to meet with student groups via phone, video conference, or in-person to discuss on-campus efforts and how to address ongoing challenges.
If you would like to speak with a staff person regarding our services, please fill out our secure form and we will make every effort to respond within two business days.
Getting Help on Campus
A sexual assault should not impede your educational experience. Under Title IX, each college, university, or K-12 school district must have a designated Title IX coordinator who is responsible for ensuring their institution’s compliance with Title IX, including through overseeing the campus adjudication process for sexual violence and harassment.
Under federal law, colleges are required to:
- Help you receive academic accommodations, such as changing classes or exam dates.
- Help you receive living accommodations.
- Notify you of the right, but not the requirement, to contact law enforcement.
- Help you access counseling.
In some cases, your university may also issue your assailant a no-contact order. These can extend to prohibiting online harassment and retaliation.
EROC can provide direct assistance to survivors who are currently navigating the on-campus adjudication process. If you need our help, please contact us through our secure form.
If you are concerned for your life, we encourage you to call 911. However, we recognize that not all survivors are able to or feel safe in reporting to law enforcement. For options beyond law enforcement, please click our resources page here.
If you need immediate accommodations for disabilities caused by sexual assault, such as PTSD, anxiety, or depression, you can ask for help from either your institution’s Title IX coordinator or the office that houses disability services on campus. Under Title II and Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, institutions are required to provide accommodations for students with both visible and invisible disabilities.
For Parents of Survivors
If you are a parent of a survivor of sexual assault please visit our parent's resource page.
EROC also is connected with a national support group of parents, guardians, and allies. If you would like to learn more about the parent’s group, please email Annie Clark, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PREVENTION, EDUCATION & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Campus sexual assault will only be prevented through a multi-pronged approach that includes supporting survivors, ensuring that adjudication processes are fair, adequate, and timely, and educating our communities.
To that end, EROC advocates for curricula that foster open conversations about consent, sexuality, sexual identity, and students’ rights under Title IX and other applicable laws.
While it’s crucial for students to participate in these programs in college, EROC also believes that age-appropriate education must start earlier than that. Beginning in primary and secondary school, students ought to engage in conversations about bodily autonomy and boundaries, respect for others, and how to say “yes” and “no” to physical contact with others.
Members of EROC offer a variety of speaking and educational programs, including in the following areas:
- Title IX and campus activism ("Know Your Rights" and the current national student movement to end campus sexual assault)
- Survivor empowerment events (Take Back The Night, speak outs)
- "Yes Means Yes" affirmative consent laws and culture change
- Keynotes and conference presentations
- Panels, including Q&As following The Hunting Ground*
- Trainings for students, faculty, and staff on Title IX and effective survivor support
- Presentations for community-based organizations
*Three of EROC co-founders were featured in The Hunting Ground documentary and often participate in Q&As after screenings of the film. Please note that EROC is a separate entity from The Hunting Ground, and is very grateful to the filmmakers for providing this useful educational tool.
Jess Davidson is EROC’s Managing Director and a White House It’s On Us Champion of Change. Her presentations are focused on supporting survivors; how all types of organizations and individuals can change the culture around campus sexual assault; and the roles that state, local and federal policy and programs, and student and administrative campus leadership can play in ending sexual violence. Her work as a student leader to activate all facets of the campus and local community to address sexual assault received national recognition, and she now teaches communities and organizations how to do the same.
Her previous speaking engagements include multiple panels at The Obama White House, a plenary at The United State of Women, presentations to the National Network to End Domestic Violence and Google, and introducing Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Catalina Velasquez is EROC’s Communications Director. As a transgender immigrant Latina, Catalina’s presentations and work include media and messaging trainings, and issue areas that expose the vulnerabilities of historically disenfranchised communities of transgender and queer folks, immigrants, and ethnic diasporas. Catalina also brings 10 years of policy experience and often speaks on comprehensive policies to address sexual violence at the campus, local, state, and federal levels. Catalina brings intersectional perspectives to “know your rights” workshops and creative solutions to disrupt rape culture.
For access to more detailed media appearances and previous speaking engagement history, see her Curriculum Vitae here.
EROC advocates for fair and adequate campus adjudication policies for sexual assault and interpersonal violence, and for legislation on local, state, and federal levels. Our staff also regularly consult with policymakers and thought leaders across the world.
We advocate for policy reforms that are inclusive of the following:
- Reflective of the significant effects that sexual violence has on survivors
- Trauma-informed and survivor-centric
- A validation, prioritization, and commitment to ensuring the survivor’s agency to seek help in whatever way is best for them
- Policies that prioritize the needs of LGBTQ-identified survivors of violence, and treat reports of queer violence equally to those of heterosexual and cisgendered students
- Provisions that incentivize educational institutions to prevent sexual assault and address it adequately when it occurs
Campus Policy Reform
You can work to reform your campus policy by connecting with other survivors, activists, and organizations that have on-campus chapters. Please see our resources page for a list. If you are interested in bringing an EROC speaker to your campus, please contact us here.
If you have been sexually assaulted and you believe that your campus may have violated Title IX, the Clery Act, or other federal laws, you have the option of filing a federal complaint to the U.S. Department of Education. Click here to learn more.
Local Policy Reform
At EROC, we advocate for trauma-informed local policies that streamline communications between survivors, institutions, and relevant local agencies and organizations. At the local level, EROC encourages the following reforms:
- Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between on-campus security or police forces and the local police department. MOUs streamline information sharing between on-campus security and police forces, limiting the hours a survivor must spend detailing their assault with a non-mental health professional.
- SANE Nurses at the local hospitals or partnerships with medical advocates at local rape crisis centers or services.
EROC advocates for laws that prevent sexual violence and support survivors in both campus and law enforcement processes. Addressing campus sexual violence with a state-by-state strategy is a promising tactic, and EROC encourages activists to consider this approach in conjunction with federal policy advocacy. We support legislation on the state level that includes, but is not limited to, the following proposals:
- Age-appropriate consent and healthy relationships education from elementary school to college
- Advocating for an end to statutes of limitations for sex crimes
- Trauma-informed training for law enforcement, including training that addresses issues specific to marginalized communities
- While reporting to law enforcement is an individual decision that is up to every survivor, we believe that every survivor should have the option to safely report if they choose to do so. To that end, we advocate for legislation that will protect survivors if they opt to report their assault to law enforcement.
EROC supports groundbreaking federal legislation, including the bi-partisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act (Gillibrand, D-NY) and the HALT Act (Speier, D-CA). While we believe that changing our culture is the key to ending campus sexual violence in the long term, we recognize the impact that legislative change can have in spurring national dialogues and improving existing laws.
We encourage legislation on the federal level that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Heightened enforcement of Title IX, Title II, and the Clery Act
- Enhanced transparency from the U.S. Department of Education on issues relating to campus sexual violence and harassment
- Improving the ability of the U.S. Department of Education to fine institutions for violating Title IX
- Implementing mandatory exit surveys at all federally funded institutions
- The expansion and enforcement of Title IX protections for survivors of online harassment and cyberstalking
- Limiting access to firearms on campuses