The CARE Center (Campus Assault Response and Education) - Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention

MISSION
The CARE Center promotes a campus culture of care, safety, and respect for all persons. We empower students through education and outreach and provide a supportive, trauma-informed, and student-centered approach in response to gender and power-based personal violence to all students.

WHAT DO WE DO?

Our goal is to provide a healthy and safe learning environment for all students, regardless of gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, class, ability, religion, and sexual orientation.

We strive to promote student's well being by helping them develop lifelong skills that improve the quality of life and their relationships. We provide a supportive space for students to explore their own knowledge, experiences, and beliefs about healthy sexuality, consent, healthy/unhealthy relationships, and communication.

Sexual assault, sexual misconduct, intimate partner violence, and stalking are not tolerated at Saint Mary's College. The CARE Center supports all students in navigating their own relationships and assists them in understanding how to help contribute to a safe campus community both on a micro and macro level. 

Prevention: Our main focus for the prevention of power-based personal violence is early intervention and risk reduction through training, outreach, and education. This involves collaboration with students, staff, and faculty and the practice of bystander intervention.

Response: We provide affirming and non-judgmental crisis response, advocacy, support, and resources to students affected by sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking. Students are provided a safe, comfortable space to learn about their options and to make informed decisions.

Helping Others: We provide support for bystanders, allies, and those in a position to help someone they care about. So what do you do when you know someone has been hurt? You can receive guidance from our Office which can help you gain the tools and resources you need to best support someone in need.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence affect many college students on and off campuses across our country.

  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men will be sexually assaulted during their time in college  
  • 7 out of 10 sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the person
  • 43% of dating college women report experiencing abusive dating behaviors
  • 57% of college students say it is difficult to identify dating abuse
  • 1 in 4 stalking victims reported some form of cyber-stalking
  • 80% of campus stalking victims knew their stalker

If you or someone you know think you have been sexually assaulted, are in an unhealthy relationship, or being stalked, the Office of Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention may be able to help!

NOT SURE WHAT IS GOING ON? 

Here are some common questions our office answers:

  • have I been sexually assaulted?

  • what if I can't remember what happened?

  • what is stalking?

  • what happens if I make a report to Public Safety?

  • what happens if I report to the police?

  • how can I tell if I'm in an abusive relationship?

  • what do I do if I know my friend is being hurt by their partner?

  • how do I talk about consent with my partner?

  • what do I do if my roommate told me they were sexually assaulted but don't want to tell anyone?

  • what does it mean if my partner always makes me feel like it's my fault?

 

CONFIDENTIALITY

The Director of the CARE Center is a state certified rape crisis and domestic violence counselor.  

She is a confidential resource.

Please contact Erin at 631-4193 or emo3@stmarys-ca.edu to receive information about your options without initiating a formal report.