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CSU's Victim Assistance Team changes its number

August 23, 2013

Colorado State University's Victim Assistance Team has a new number for survivors of sexual assault to call.

Survivors who would like to speak with an advocate can now call (970) 492-4242.

”The new number will connect callers directly with an advocate, 24 hours a day, every day of the year,” said Kathy Sisneros, director of the Women and Gender Advocacy Center. Advocates are available 24/7 even when the University is closed.

Confidential support

The Sexual Assault Victim Assistance Team (VAT) provides confidential support and advocacy to CSU students who have been sexually assaulted. The team is made up of volunteers from across campus, showcasing different backgrounds, who assist victims of all genders, and any family or friends with the physical, psychological and legal aftermath of sexual assault.

Advocates are volunteers who complete an extensive training program and understand the complexity of the aftermath of sexual assault. They are educated about legal and medical systems, university reporting options, and psychological ramifications of sexual assault and can provide information about medical care. Advocates also provide emotional support for the survivor throughout the process.

Get involved

Students, faculty or staff interested in volunteering with the Victim Assistance Team should fill out an application and submit it by 5 p.m. Aug. 28 according to the instructions on the website.