Interpersonal violence is a term used to cover a wide range of violence committed against people. VPVA is dedicated to supporting all victims/survivors of sexual violence, domestic & dating violence, stalking & harassment, and to the prevention of these forms of violence from occuring.
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.
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. Speaking with a confidential resource such as VPVA or other on- or off-campus resources may 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 childhood sexual abuse and incestuous sexual abuse 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 can help you get the information and support you need!
If you are someone you know has expereinced sexual assault (what most of us commonly refer to as rape), a variety of options are avialable. The below information may help you to make decisions about reporting to university officials or law enforcement; or having evidence collected. You can always speak to an advocate about your options. Advocates are here to assist you in understanding your options and helping you to make informed decisions.
Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Some common stalking behaviors include: repeated social media posts or false social media posts, repeated approaching or following, repeated phone calls or DMs/texts, and/or physical intimidation or assault.
Experiencing stalking is scary and often not taken seriously. If you are experiencing stalking, help is available. As with other types of abuse or violence, there are two broad categories of options: legal and counseling. You may pursue either or both of these options. If you wish to speak to a counselor or advocate to find out more information about these options, please call our office at 856-225-2326.
As with domestic/dating violence, stalking victims should consider working with an advocate to create a saftey plan. A safety plan considers the aspects of your daily living and options for minimizing risk to experience harm. For help creating a safety plan, please contact VPVA at 856-225-2326 or via email at email@example.com.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads:
VPVA provides FREE and CONFIDENTIAL counseling to any Rutgers-Camden student that has experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking, regardless of when or where the act of violence occured. Using a survivor centered approach, our counseling services provde you with the opportunity to talk about your thoughts and feelings as well as explore the options you have to move forward in healing.
What does "confidential" mean?
VPVA staff are confidential staff on campus, which means that we do not share that you have talked with us or any details about what we talk with anyone else unless you give us permision to do so or disclose thoughs of suicide or homicide. We are not obligated to report to Campus Authorities as many other faculty and staff are.
To make an appointment for counseling call 856-225-2326 or email Laura Luciano at firstname.lastname@example.org