Located in The UHC Well (SSC first floor), survivor advocates provide free and confidential services. The advocates can help by providing information about reporting both criminally and to the university and accessing counseling services. They can also accompany survivors to medical appointments, court, meetings and hearings with the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices, and law enforcement interviews. The advocates are happy to meet with friends and family about how to best support survivors.
- Jackie Hieber, Assistant Director for Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy
- Arianna Havens, Prevention Coordinator
The JMU Counseling Center, located in SSC third floor, provides free and confidential mental health services for a variety of conditions including sexual trauma. Individual counseling is available. Group counseling is also available through the Sexual Trauma Empowerment Program (STEP). To make an appointment at the Counseling Center or learn more about participation in STEP, stop by during business hours or call 540-568-6552.
CARE is a student-run organization that operates a support hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when JMU is in session. Hotline operators have experiences sexual violence directly or indirectly and have received training on how to best support callers. CARE can provide information on accessing counseling services or the reporting process, but operators are also available just to listen. The CARE hotline is a confidential resource.
The university Title IX office can provide assistance with No Contact Orders, connection to medical and counseling services, arranging transportation, academic accommodations, housing accommodations, and information about the student accountability and criminal processes. Reporting to the Title IX office does NOT mean the survivor will have to go through criminal procedures or the OSARP process. Reports can be made by the survivor themself or by a third party online, over the phone, or in person. The JMU Title IX Coordinator is Amy Sirocky-Meck.
The Collins Center is an inclusive non-profit organization located downtown in the Ice House (same building as Black Sheep Coffee, by the Turner Pavilion) dedicated to the prevention of sexual violence and mitigation of its impact in the community. The Collins Center is available for crisis services and therapy. Hospital accompaniment and advocacy, legal advocacy, and support groups are available. The Center also operates a 24/7 crisis hotline at 540-434-2272.
The Emergency Department can complete a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) within 72 hours of the incident. The hospital will also treat any injuries that may have been sustained during the incident. Upon admission, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) nurse, police department investigator, and Collins Center advocate will be called.