Statement in support of sexual assault survivors

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Issuing a joint statement reaffirming their efforts to support and believe survivors, professionals from various resources at Oregon State University reiterated what services are available for those negatively impacted by recent media disclosures of sexual violence.

The statement, signed by professionals from the Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center and Student Health Services also stated a firm opposition to ‘those who would shame and invalidate survivors for their choice not to disclose their experiences.’

“We recognize that this may be a particularly difficult time to navigate survivorship, and we want to remind you that there are a number of resources here on campus dedicated to supporting you in whatever way you might need,” the statement reads.

The statement also outlines each individual resource and what specific services are available to survivors.

“Vulnerability should be a choice, not a burden—our role at CAPS, SARC, the Women & Gender Center and SHS is to create and maintain as many safe and supportive spaces on campus as possible for you to choose vulnerability on your own terms.”

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