Confidential Advocacy & Support

The Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocates provide confidential and sensitive consultation to cope with trauma of sexual violence and assist in the recovery. The Advocates can provide support during medical and counseling appointments and throughout all stages of the university investigation, and/or during court appointments. The advocate will intervene with other individuals, departments, and agencies on behalf of victims/ survivors. The Advocates will help survivors to know their rights and options as well as linking survivors to further support services on campus and in the community.

On-Campus Contact Info

Primary Advocate

  • Phone: (562) 985-2668
  • Location: Student Health Center
  • Office Hours:8 am – 5 pm, M/T/Th/F, 9 am to 5 pm, W.

Additional Confidential Sources

Linda Pena, Student Health Center, (562) 985-1732

Phone: (562) 985-4001
Location: Brotman Hall, Room 226

Sexualt Assault Crisis Services
24-Hour Crisis Hotline:
(877) Y-HELP-US
(877) 943-5778

Did you know?

  • A majority of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim and a majority happen in familiar settings.
  • 1 in 5 college women are sexually assaulted.
  • 1 in 6 men are sexually assaulted in their lifetime
  • 1 in 8 lesbian women and nearly half of bisexual women experience rape in their lifetime.
  • 64% of transgender people have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime.
  • No means no regardless of how it is expressed, and yes means yes. Silence does not mean consent. (Source )

Why is this important ?

  • Survivors can receive support services no matter how long ago the sexual assault/ abuse occurred.
  • There is hope for healing from sexual trauma. Sexual violence can have psychological, emotional, and physical effects on a survivor’s wellness as well as academic success. Getting help is the first step to recovery.
  • Survivors are often blamed or feel ashamed about their assault. Sexual assault is not the victim’s fault.