Victim & Survivor Advocacy
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Kaylee Wolff, Victim Advocate
The victim advocate is here to support you. Experiencing violence, whether it is sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and/or harassment can be incredibly difficult. Victim/Survivors are of all backgrounds: ages, genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, faiths, ages, abilities, etc. On this website, you will find information about resources and options. It is your choice to choose what options are best for you, and advocates role is to listen, provide you with options and resources, and support your choices. The Center for Women and Gender Equity Victim Advocate is a confidential resource on campus.
How to Schedule an Appointment
There are a couple different ways to schedule an appointment with the Victim Advocate.
- Option 1: Make an appointment with Kaylee HERE
- Option 2: Call the CWGE at (616)-331-2748 and ask to set up an appointment with the Victim Advocate. A student worker will answer the phone and will be able to schedule the appointment for you.
- Option 3: Email or call the Victim Advocate directly at [email protected] or (616)-331-2742
- Option 4: Complete the Victim Advocacy Intake Form to refer yourself or a student to Victim Advocacy. The victim advocate will reach out to the victim/survivor as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
Appointments are highly encouraged, as the Victim Advocate may not always be available for walk-in appointments.
What is a Co-Advocate?
A Co-Advocate is a role specific to GVSU. Co-Advocates at Grand Valley are professional staff members or faculty that participate in ongoing training to work closely with the Victim Advocate in order to provide additional non-judgmental, confidential support to survivors of gender-based violence. All Co-Advocates have received extensive training from the Victim Advocate and Violence Prevention & Education Coordinator to work with survivors of gender-based violence. The Co-Advocates on campus have full-time positions elsewhere and spend some of their time working with individuals in this capacity. Co-Advocates are specially trained to help students navigate options and services on campus and in the community.
Sexual Assault Medical Exams
SANE exams (Sexual Assault Nurses Exams), sometimes referred to as Rape Kits, can be performed at the YWCA in Grand Rapids and Resilience in Holland for up to 120 hours (5 days) after an assault. SANE exams can address any injuries, and receive treatment for the possibility of pregnancy and/or contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For more information, please visit the YWCA website or the Resilience website.
Additional Campus Resources
The language used in Title IX policy & procedures can be lengthy and complicated. Here is a key terms document to help!
Policy & Procedures
GVSU's Policy Prohibiting Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation, & Sexual Misconduct can be found here. This policy includes sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, & sexual exploitation.