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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.

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.

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.