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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.

Coming soon
Confidential Advocates can assist survivors who have safety concerns with regard to their housing. Advocates can coordinate temporary safe housing for any survivors in urgent need. Call the Care Line (510) 643-2005.
  • 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.

 

We recognize that we live in a society that has historically and continuously upholds ableism.

Survivors living with disabilities hold their own individualized experiences. These disabilities are both visible and invisible. Many may have interpersonal violence exerted on them specifically utilizing their access and disability needs. Someone’s access and disability needs also can be a direct result of past or present interpersonal violence, trauma, and harm that they have experienced.

Challenges & barriers for survivors with disabilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Finances, basic needs, and needed medical support controlled
  • Denial or blame for their disability or access needs
  • Isolation from their support network and resources
  • Resources, options, and spaces that are not accessible to them
  • Support people, providers, or service entities that invalidate or do not take into consideration access needs

PATH to Care is centered on the access and disability needs of all survivors and UC Berkeley community members. We acknowledge that access and disability needs take many different forms and are present for people at any and all stages of their lives.

Your ability does not and should not invalidate your experiences as a survivor.

We affirm that folks have a right to access the PATH to Care Center with those access needs in mind. We will make sure that the meeting spaces, resources, forms of communication, and support that we provide, takes into account those access needs.

Folks that can access the PATH to Care Center to receive support during situations of active harm and during their healing processes after harm, and their access needs will be taken into account at each step of their process.

PATH to Care also works with the Disabled Students Program at UC Berkeley to support students with their access needs during their time in UC Berkeley academic spaces. PTC also works with the Office of Disability Access and Compliance for staff with their access needs. The PATH to Center will reach out to campus and community resources to support with access needs in non-academic spaces, as well.

 

Campus & Community Resources for Survivors Living with Disabilities


Disabled Students Program (DSP) (For students)
260 César E. Chávez Student Center, #4250
Berkeley, CA 94720-4250
dsp@berkeley.edu
Voice: (510) 642-0518
TTY: (510) 642-6376
Fax: (510) 643-9686

 

Disability Management (For staff and faculty)
Be Well at Work – Disability Management
University Health Services (Tang Center)
2222 Bancroft Way, Suite 2100
Berkeley, CA 94720-4300
Phone: (510) 643-7921
Fax: (510) 642-6505

 

Deaf Hope
Email: deafhope@deaf-hope.org
Phone: (510) 735.8553 

We recognize that we live in a society that upholds homophobia, biphobia, the gender binary, transphobia, and sexism.

Survivors who are LGBTQ+ hold their own specific and personal experiences, and no assumptions should be made of a person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Often institutions have been historically inaccessible to survivors who are LGBTQ+, due to discrimination and marginalization. And for survivors who are LGBTQ+, there is isolation and lack of support around their experiences of interpersonal violence.

Challenges and barriers for survivors who are LGBTQ+ may include, but are not limited to:

  • One’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity being denied or invalidated
  • Abuse and control over hormone treatments
  • The threat of having one’s sexual orientation or gender identity “outed” to people they know, which could impact access to support and resources
  • Messaging by the abuser that communicates the abuse is “mutual” or “even”
  • Messaging that dating/domestic violence only occurs within straight/het relationships, and that what they are experiencing cannot be abuse 

The PATH to Care Center is here to uplift the gender identities, orientations, sexuality, and experiences of survivors who are LGBTQ+ and to connect them to resources and options that feel best.

The PATH to Care Center also has created intentional spaces of healing for survivors who are LGBTQ+.


Campus & Community Resources for Survivors who Identify as LGBTQ+

We recognize that we live in a society that structurally and culturally holds racism and classism.

Communities of color have their own particular history and experiences. The experiences of a survivor who is BIPOC is unique within their community and across other communities. BIPOC survivors face particular systemic and cultural issues, within their experiences of being impacted by interpersonal violence.

Challenges and barriers for survivors who are BIPOC may include, but are not limited to:

  • Familial and community notions of shame
  • Feelings that their experiences may confirm bias, stereotypes, or negative messaging about their community
  • Navigating a person of harm being part of one’s community
  • Fear or apprehension around pursuing reporting options, due to experiences of historical and systemic violence and oppression
  • Providers that do not understand the experiences of them and do not represent their communities


The PATH to Care Center is here to be centered on the needs of survivors who are BIPOC around their lived experiences when navigating options and resources.

The PATH to Care Center has also created and works to provide intentional spaces of healing to support the needs of survivors who are BIPOC.

 

Campus & Community Resources Survivors who are BIPOC

 

Website to find a Therapists:

We recognize that barriers with language access and cultural understanding have shaped many of the systems in our society.

Survivors who are international students & scholars have their own individual and varied experiences within the UC Berkeley community. There are often particular challenges and barriers faced by international students and scholars, when impacted by interpersonal violence.

These challenges and barriers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Navigating legal systems, reporting processes, and community resources that feel new and/or unfamiliar to them
  • Taking into account one’s visa or refugee status
  • Resources not always accessible in the languages one uses
  • Support systems not being accessible due to distance
  • Being taken advantage of or provided false information around legal systems, reporting processes, and community resources


PATH to Care works with international students, scholars, and staff, to ensure that they are informed of their resources and reporting options, with the considerations of visa status and particular experiences in mind.

PATH to Care can also serve UC Berkeley students and staff who are living or studying abroad, utilizing video chat or phone to provide supportive services and connect them to the appropriate campus or community resources. PATH to Care can connect UC Berkeley students or staff to the Office of Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination, while abroad, to make a report to the university.

 

Campus & Community Resources Survivors who are International Students or Scholars

Interpersonal violence and abuse can occur to people of all gender identities. And while the experiences of survivors who identify as men differ, the myth and messaging that men cannot be victims of interpersonal violence creates experiences of isolation, lack of support, guilt, and shame for the survivors who do experience abuse.

Challenges and barriers for survivors who identify as men may include, but are not limited to:

  • Experiences of abuse being questioned by providers or others in society
  • Not being able to access or having more limited access to services (i.e. shelters)
  • For gay/bi/queer/pansexual/trans men, feelings of self-blame, self-loathing, or harmful messaging that the experience was “deserved”
  • A survivor’s sexuality being called into question after the harm
  • Confusion around any physiological reactions


PATH to Care is here to serve survivors who identify as men at our center and ensure they are connected to needed resources and informed of their rights. We hold that relationship violence impacts people of all gender identities.

 

Community Resources for Survivors who Identify as Men

We recognize that there are an incredible amount of barriers for those who are undocumented or lived in a mixed status family in the US.

The experiences of undocumented community members are not the same, nor fit any one story.

We must keep in mind that undocumented survivors may hold the shared experiences of uncertainty, stigma, and hyperawareness around what they can say and do.

Challenges and barriers for undocumented survivors may include, but are not limited to:

  • Feeling that they must take into account their status, family member’s status, and/or the status of the person that harmed them in their decision making
  • Holding uncertainty around which legal, law enforcement, and healthcare systems can be accessed and how that may impact their status and/or the status of others
  • Being threatened, silenced, called into question, or having a survivor’s status be weaponized against them
  • Feeling isolated from their support system or having a support system that is also isolated
  • Not being able to access resources or aid funds, due to their status.
  • Being taken advantage of or provided false information around legal systems, reporting processes, and community resources

PATH to Care holds important the lives and considerations of our undocumented survivors at UC Berkeley. One’s status is not a barrier to being supported at the PATH to Care Center.

People do not have to share their status with the PATH to Care Center, and they would not be asked about their status.

Undocumented survivors have a right to report anonymously, not to share their status, and not to have their university or institution threaten to deport them. (Source: End Rape on Campus).

 

Community Resources for Survivors who are Undocumented