The Office of Advocacy Services is dedicated to fostering a campus community based on respect, healthy relationships, and nonviolence. We provide confidential support and assistance within the Eckerd community to survivors of power-based interpersonal violence, the people in their lives or other impacted members of the community, and those looking for resources to support others. Additionally, we facilitate campus-wide advocacy and training efforts and coordinate violence prevention initiatives.
Power-based interpersonal violence impacts everyone – every gender, identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability, religion, or background. The Advocacy Office strives to be inclusive and responsive to the unique experiences of each individual.
Power-based interpersonal violence includes any form of violence or abuse that uses power, control, intimidation, coercion, etc. to cause harm to another person. This includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, relationship violence, and stalking. These forms of violence can occur between acquaintances, in relationships, and/or between strangers. Power-based interpersonal violence impacts all of us regardless of our ethnicity, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, or gender.
We are here to listen to and support anyone in the Eckerd community who has been impacted by power-based interpersonal violence.
Advocacy services are free, confidential and trauma-informed. Eckerd’s advocate will listen non-judgmentally, help process experiences, provide information about and connections to resources on and off campus, and support you in making the choices that feel right to you. The advocate is also available to accompany you to meetings with on-campus services and some off-campus services.
We can help you access medical care, discuss your reporting options, explore counseling opportunities, and connect you with other support services. We can also assist you with filing a report with Campus Safety or community law enforcement. The Office of Advocacy Services is a great place to start the conversation and explore your options in a confidential and supportive space.
We’re glad you asked! Ending power-based violence is a community effort, and we all play a role in creating a safer, more supportive campus community. The Office of Advocacy Services is always developing exciting prevention, awareness, and outreach activities. We can work with you to schedule a prevention workshop, host a discussion group, incorporate topics around power-based violence into class material, or complete an academic project on power-based interpersonal violence. Consult us on creating more supportive spaces and communities, preventing violence, promoting consent culture, or responding to disclosures of abuse or violence.
You can use your voice to transform our campus community. We would love to work with you and hear your ideas!
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Connect with an Advocate
Advocacy services continue to be available to students, faculty, and staff while Eckerd operates remotely due to coronavirus. The confidential advocate will meet over video or phone with anyone who would like support, has questions about services and resources currently available through Eckerd or in their community, needs assistance accessing services, is engaging in a Title IX process, or would like to discuss anything related to interpersonal power-based violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, harassment, etc. The advocate is also available to meet individually or join online classes if you are incorporating any of these topics into course material or class projects.
Join us for remote discussions and events related to fostering healthy relationships.
What is the difference between confidential and private campus resources?
Confidential campus resources are protected by state law and are not required to report individual incidents of power-based violence to the College unless a survivor requests that they do so. Employees in this role include the coordinator of advocacy services, licensed counselors, licensed health care providers, and clergy. Students can seek services from any of these providers without formally making a report to the College. If you have been victimized by power-based violence and you are not sure what to do or where to report, you may contact any of the confidential campus resources to discuss your options in a safe, supportive, and confidential environment.
Exceptions to confidentiality: In some cases, confidentiality cannot be promised. For instance, if the survivor of power-based violence is a minor (under the age of 18), the law requires that the professional who receives the report notify the Florida Department of Children and Families and law enforcement about the incident. There is also a legal exception to confidentiality if a survivor presents a danger to self or others. In this case, the professional provider will take steps to ensure the safety of the survivor and the community.
On-campus confidential resources
Off-campus confidential resources in the community
- Suncoast Rape Crisis Center (24-hours)
Private resources include staff members who are required to report incidents of power-based violence to the Eckerd College Title IX Coordinator. These campus resources can help you access support services and guide you through the reporting process when you are ready to report. Although these campus resources are required to report to the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Coordinator will make every effort to maintain your privacy and follow the wishes of the survivor. These resources are private, meaning that the staff will only share your information with other staff members who need to know in order to help you. For more information about privacy and confidentiality, see the Title IX website.
On-campus private resources
Ultimately our goal is to create a culture and community where any form of abuse is not tolerated, everyone is respected, consent is the expectation, and sexual and intimate partner violence no longer occur. Each person at Eckerd has made an intentional commitment to be here and, with that, a commitment to act in certain ways and treat each other with care.
Harm starts not with an act of violence, but with harmful attitudes and beliefs. Preventing violence and abuse means we start at the root causes, examining and disrupting problematic attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, many of which have been normalized in our society. We encourage everyone to engage in introspection and conversations about preventing violence, contribute to a culture that prevents violence, and consider how we can change systems, policies, and structures to reinforce Eckerd’s values of healthy relationships, consent, respect, and the absence of violence. How do your words, choices, and actions actively contribute to a culture that prevents violence, abuse, and harm?
The Office of Advocacy Services is here to engage in and facilitate these conversations. Please contact us to learn more!