By Lucy Altman-Newell '17
Scripps Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, already a very visible presence on campus, became even more visible on February 15 when the group, founded in Fall 2013, launched their student help hotline. In addition to hosting events which promote safe, positive, and consensual sex, and which examine sexuality and other intersections of identity in the media (such as the event “Miley Cyrus: Cultural Appropriation, Racism, and Slut-shaming in the Media), Advocates will be providing peer support through the support line. The line- (909) 214-2138- is open from 8 p.m. - 8 a.m. seven days a week. Those who need support outside of these times can go to Monsour Counseling at the Claremont Colleges (open 8am-5pm Monday through Friday for walk-ins or by appointment (909) 621-8202; after hours, call Campus Safety at (909) 607-2000), or call the Project Sister Family Services hotline at (909) 623-1619 or the House of Ruth hotline at (909) 623-4364.
Advocates — as well as the other organizations listed above— is such a critical group because, explains Advocates Secretary Maddy Klein ’15, “The first disclosure [of sexual assault] has the most impact on how a healing process will go, so a positive validation and support on the phone can be key.”
Every member of Scripps Advocates has gone through extensive training and has passed an exit interview. Advocates are trained on topics such as crisis intervention, causes of sexual violence, Rape Trauma Syndrome, and issues of intersectionality and how this effects the likelihood of becoming a victim of sexual assault; participate in listening workshops; and learn how to take care of themselves when they get emotionally overwhelmed. “We’re lucky to have an amazingly dedicated group of people who attend weekly trainings and meetings,” says Klein of Advocates. “They’re great.”
Those interested in Advocates can find more info on Facebook or by emailing non-emergency questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested in becoming an Advocate? Applications are due April 4 by email or via hard copy at SCORE.