If you have been the victim of sexual violence (rape/assault, harassment, etc.), or know someone who has, the information below may help you make some decisions. If you would like any additional information, clarification, or would just like to talk about your options, please call the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance at (856) 225-2326. Our services are free and confidential for Rutgers-Camden students.
Anyone, regardless of gender, gender identity or sexual orientation be a victim of sexual violence. For more information about statistics and definitions, click here.
Survivors of all forms of gender-based and power-based violence can experience a wide range of feelings and reactions, including confusion, denial, anger, shock, numbness, fear, self-blame, shame, embarrassment, sadness, and helplessness. It is common for survivors to experience:
· feelings of guilt and responsibility
· concerns about their ability to make good judgments about people
· difficulty trusting themselves and others or feeling safe
· feelings of being violated, conned, cheated, and/or manipulated
· difficulty accepting what happened as rape or abuse
Sexual assault and harassment can be a traumatic experience. Seeking support from VPVA and other on- or off-campus resources can be helpful to your own understanding of what you are going through. In addition, there may be some time-sensitive options available to you that an advocate can explain.
Survivors of dating violence may struggle with who to turn to for help because their friends and family don’t understand, or just want them to leave the abusive partner. Speaking with a confidential resource such as VPVA Staff or a member of Counseling Services may be an easier way to get the information and support needed.
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse and incest often begin to remember their experience or deal with the emotions associated with their childhood experiences when they begin college. This can be a difficult and scary situation to deal with. VPVA Staff and Counseling Services can help you get the information and support needed.
VPVA: (856) 225-2326
Counseling Services: (856) 225-6005