"Advocacy services" is a general term to describe a variety of services offered to survivors of gender-based violence. Trauma-informed, trained advocates in the Wellness Center are available to answer any questions that you may have, including how to report an incident of violence, what resources exist on- and off-campus, what Loyola's conduct process looks like, how to safety plan, and more. An advocate's role is to provide nonjudgmental, confidential support. Advocacy services are confidential, meaning that in speaking to a trained advocate, the advocate is not required to tell anyone else what has been shared. The exceptions to confidentiality include if someone discloses that they may harm themselves or others.
Advocates at Loyola are graduate students and professional staff members in the Wellness Center who have completed the 40-hour training program through Resilience (formerly RVA) to become a certified Sexual Assault Advocate in Illinois. An advocate's role is to provide nonjudgmental, confidential support to student survivors of gender-based violence. Advocates at Loyola are additionally trained to help students navigate options and services on campus.
The primary way to connect with an advocate is to call Loyola's Sexual Assault Advocacy Line at 773-494-3810. The Line is open Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm and 24 hours on the weekend when classes are in session.
During most breaks (summer, spring, fall and other University holidays) advocacy services are available Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm.
If the line is closed and you would like to speak to someone right away, please call the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline at 888-293-2080.
The Senior Health Educator and Advocacy Coordinator in the Wellness Center is also a primary contact for advocacy services on campus with whom you can arrange in-person advocacy support. You can reach them directly during business hours at 773-508-2188 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any Loyola community member can call the Loyola Sexual Assault Advocacy Line. Survivors can call on their own, or someone can call on their behalf. Co-survivors (friends, family members, partners, loved ones) can also reach out for support.