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What is Advocacy?

You deserve safety, respect, and care

If you’ve experienced sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating/intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or invasion of privacy, please know that what happened is not your fault. Whatever feelings you may be experiencing are valid – there is no one response to sexual harassment or violence.

You may be experiencing a wide range of feelings such as shock, fear, disbelief, recurring memories, outrage, confusion, sadness, despair, and anger. All of your feelings are valid. Whether you tell someone, who you tell, and how you tell your story, is entirely your decision. Regardless of what you decide, there are many people at UC Berkeley who are committed to helping you, whether you’re a student, staff person, or faculty member.

A supportive place to start

The PATH to Care Center confidential advocates bring a holistic approach to supporting survivors. Advocates provide affirming, empowering, free, confidential support and bring a non-judgmental, caring approach to exploring all options, rights, and resources.

It is always your decision to pursue any of the available resources, and you can access support without reporting to the police or the university. We are here to support your decisions. We are NOT responsible employees. We encourage you to ask questions if you have any concerns or hesitations.

Watch this video to learn more about PATH to Care Center Advocacy:

 

What kinds of support can I receive?

There are many people at UC Berkeley and in the community who offer support services for those impacted by sexual violence and harassment. Below are some areas that a PATH to Care Center advocate can help you navigate.

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  • Coping after an experience
    Survivors can feel an array of emotions after an experience of harm. It is also common for some survivors to be disconnected, disassociated, or numb. Any response to an experience of harm is completely normal. Aspects of the survivor’s life may be impacted after an experience of harm. This can include things like increasing or decreasing social interactions, a shift in academic or work engagement, physical health and wellness, and more. Survivors should be empowered to cope in whatever ways feel right for them. Survivors can also meet with a Confidential Advocate to explore other coping strategies and healing modalities available to them.
  • Find your healing path
    Healing looks different for every survivor. And there is no “right way” to release trauma or to heal. It is common for survivors not to know how to heal or where to start with their healing journey. There are various healing modalities that survivors may or may not choose to access at any time after an experience of harm. These can include: talk therapy/counseling, movement practices, meditation and mindfulness, energy healing, eco therapy, art, and much more. As survivors move through their healing journey, they may choose to add or shift to different modalities that better meet their present needs. Survivors should have full autonomy to decide what services they want to access and when.

Information Specific for…

PATH to Care Center advocates’ holistic approach brings attention to how the experience of violence may be impacting all of the areas of your life and presenting unique needs based on your unique identities. Below are some resources that are identity specific.