You are not alone. Help is available.
When someone you know or care about experiences a form of sexual harassment or sexual violence, you may experience a range of feelings, including anxiety about how best to help them. The following suggestions may help you support your friend, student or loved one.
* Please note that we use the term "survivor" instead of "victim" to refer to those who are impacted by violence and harassment. It is meant as a term of empowerment and is widely used in advocacy and activist circles to signify movement towards healing and recovery. We acknowledge that not all people may use this term or know about its history.
Ways to Respond
Take Care of Yourself
Hearing about violence can be a very upsetting experience. Here are some things to keep in mind when supporting a survivor (in addition to the suggestions above):
For Faculty, Staff, Student Leaders, Resident Assistants Helping Survivors
Who? The PATH to Care Center provides affirming, empowering, and confidential support for those who have experienced gendered violence, including: sexual harassment, dating and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual exploitation. Advocates bring a non-judgmental, caring approach to exploring all options, rights, and resources.
What? The PATH to Care Center provides holistic support, helping victims/survivors to access resources related to any aspect of life that is impacted by sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, or harassment. Services are provided at free-of-charge. It can accompany them to appointments, including medical, legal, administrative, and academic appointments.
Where? You can reach the PATH to Care Center at (510) 642-1988.
Who? Social Services provides confidential services and counseling to help students with managing problems (including those related to sexual assault, relationship or other violence, health concerns, alcohol and/or other drugs, eating disorders, and more).
What? Social Services staff will assess a student’s immediate needs, whether they are medical, academic, legal, emotional, financial, or family-related. The staff then works with the student to develop a plan to meet those needs. They also offer student groups and workshops, including a group for sexual assault survivors.
Where? You can reach Social Services at (510) 642-6074 and at the 2nd Floor of the Tang Center, Room 2280.
Who? Be Well at Work Employee Assistance is the campus faculty and staff assistance program providing free, confidential problem assessment and referral for UC Berkeley faculty and staff. It is also the employee assistance program for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Employee Assistance also provides free and confidential consultation and training services for faculty and staff management and campus administration related to problems that impact workplace functioning.
What? Employee Assistance offers problem assessment, crisis intervention, and referral to community resources.
Where? You can reach Employee Assistance at (510) 643-7754.
Following an incidence of violence, people often experience a range of reactions that can impact their ability to perform well at school or work. Some of these include:
A student experiencing the above may want to reduce their academic load for the semester. When there has been a serious situation, the campus will support a change in academic requirements, even after deadlines. This may include:
Professors may also provide flexibility in deadlines and work with students to complete a course when proper documentation is provided. To get documentation for academic changes or missed work, students can meet with a counselor at UHS. College Advisors are also great resources for discussing options.
If students develop chronic symptoms, registering as a disabled student may be appropriate in order to have a reduced course load for an extended period.
Staff may wish to work with their supervisor and Human Resources to determine appropriate accommodations to their job responsibilities.
University Health Services offers students after-hours emergency consultation with a counselor
and crisis resource referrals by calling (855) 817-5667.