Victim Advocacy


<p> <strong>Victim Advocate:</strong> Krystal Diel</p> <p> <strong>Office:</strong> 1201 Kirkhof Center - located in the Center for Women and Gender Equity</p> <p> <strong>Phone:</strong> 616-331-2748</p> <p> <strong>Email:</strong> <a href="mailto:dielkrys@gvsu.edu">dielkrys@gvsu.edu</a> </p> <p>Know that you are not alone. There are resources here to support you to ensure that you are healthy and safe. Our Victim Rights and Options website has a comprehensive list of on-campus and off-campus<a href="https://www.gvsu.edu/vro/what-resources-are-available-to-me-72.htm"> resources</a> that are available to you: police/reporting options, medical, counseling/mental health, victim advocacy, visa/immigration assistance, financial aid, and other resources. Many of these resources are available to you regardless of whether you choose to file a police report. Connect with Krystal (<a href="mailto:dielkrys@gvsu.edu">dielkrys@gvsu.edu</a>) to go over your options.</p>

Victim Advocate: Krystal Diel

Office: 1201 Kirkhof Center - located in the Center for Women and Gender Equity

Phone: 616-331-2748

Email: dielkrys@gvsu.edu

Know that you are not alone. There are resources here to support you to ensure that you are healthy and safe. Our Victim Rights and Options website has a comprehensive list of on-campus and off-campus resources that are available to you: police/reporting options, medical, counseling/mental health, victim advocacy, visa/immigration assistance, financial aid, and other resources. Many of these resources are available to you regardless of whether you choose to file a police report. Connect with Krystal (dielkrys@gvsu.edu) to go over your options.

Head shot of Krystal Diel, Victim Advocate for GVSU's victim rights and options

*If you have experienced a sexual assault in the past 120 hours (5 days) you can have a medical forensic exam (commonly known as a rape kit), if you would like.

  • These programs are free and are conducted by a specially trained nurse.
  • You are able to have an exam done even if you do not want to report to law enforcement.
  • The YWCA in Grand Rapids (616-454-9922) and Resilience: Advocates for Ending Violence (616-392-1970) in Holland provide exams to survivors regardless of their gender. See contact information and programs.

Advocacy and Prevention

What is an Advocate?

Grand Valley State University offers victim advocacy to all members of the University community. The role of the Victim Advocate is to provide nonjudgmental, private support to student survivors of gender-based violence which plays a critical role in the healing process of a victim/survivor. The Victim Advocate provides private support in that they will not release personally identifiable information without consent. This means that talking with Krystal, as our Victim Advocate, DOES NOT start a formal misconduct or criminal process, unless you want to access those options. The Victim Advocate is trained to help students navigate options and services on campus and in the community.

Advocates are available to respond to student survivors of gender-based violence with empathetic support and options.  As an advocate, we can provide support over the phone or in person. Available support includes:

·         Referrals to counseling and other supportive services on campus and in the community

·         Education about medical options and procedures, including evidence collection

·         Information about and referrals to legal advocacy, including Personal Protection Orders

·         Assistance in reporting an assault to Campus Police, if you choose

·         Support and advocacy in navigating GVSU sexual misconduct system, if you choose

·         Support and advocacy in participating in a Title IX investigation

·         Support and advocacy about academic and housing options

·         Assistance for significant others and friends of victim/survivors of gender/based violence

You have options, and you are not alone. Services through the victim advocate are available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.  To set up a time to speak with an advocate, please call 616-331-2748 or e-mail dielkrys@gvsu.edu or email one of our Co-Advocates.  If the Victim Advocate is unavailable and you need to speak to someone right away, please call GVSU Counseling Center at 616-331-3266 (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm),  YWCA confidential 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 616-776-RAPE (7273), GVSU Police at 616-331-3255 or for an emergency dial 911.

Additionally, the Victim Advocate or Co-advocates can meet in alternative meeting space on campus, by request.

Any member of the Grand Valley State University community can contact the Victim Advocate on campus. Victim/survivors can contact a co-advocate or the victim/survivor may have someone reach out on their behalf.

Advocates provide private support. This means that talking with an advocate DOES NOT start a formal judicial or criminal process unless you want to access those options. To set up a time to speak with an advocate, you can expect the following:

1.     Call the Center for Women & Gender Equity at 616-331-2748. A student worker will the answer the phone.

2.     Inform the student worker that you are a GVSU student and that you would like to set up a time to meet with an advocate to discuss a "private matter." You have control over whether or not you share your name or any other information.

3.     Based on your availability you will work with the student worker to be scheduled to meet with an advocate as soon as they are available Monday-Friday between 8am-5pm.

4.     When you arrive at the Center for Women & Gender Equity for your meeting with the advocate check in with the student worker at the front desk informing them that you have a meeting schedule with a co-advocate - You may bring a friend/partner with you.

5.     You will be asked to take a seat and the advocate will be notified that you have arrived.

6.     An advocate will show you back to their office where you are able to share with an advocate as they are a private resource.


Advocacy and Prevention Resources

Grand Valley State University Police Department (616-331-3255) is able to meet with you to talk through your reporting options or to file a police report. They are able to meet with you at the Police Department (Facilities Services Building) or another location where you feel comfortable. You are able to bring a support person with you. In case of an emergency call 911.

Grand Valley takes instances of gender-based violence very seriously. Below are links to Grand Valley’s policies in regards to sexual misconduct and sexual or gender-based harassment.

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment Policy

You may also file a report with Title IX (616-331-3296) if you would like. Title IX investigates sexual misconduct and sex-based discrimination in order to determine if a violation of policy has occurred. This is through the university and is separate from a police investigation. You may do choose to file a Title IX report, a police report, both reports, or neither report. File a Title IX Report.

The University Counseling Center (616-331-3266) is free for students and is located on both the Allendale and Pew Campus. Individual and group counseling is available.