Survivor Advocacy Services

Mission

Survivor Advocacy Services’ mission is to provide victim/survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking with a safe and confidential space in which they can learn about the dynamics of abuse, their rights and options, and be empowered to make their own decisions about justice and healing. SAS seeks to change the campus culture through prevention education, awareness programming, advocacy for survivors, and collaboration with key partners.

Philosophy

The Survivor Advocacy Services staff believes that:

  • Services must be culturally competent and meet the survivor where they are.
  • Services must be trauma-informed.
  • Services to CSUSB students, faculty and staff and their non-offending families, friends, and partners must be free of charge.
  • Services must be available to any person who needs them regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, citizenship status, nationality, socio-economic status, size, ability or religion.
  • Confidentiality is fundamental to the safety of survivors.
  • Dating/Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking are public health issues that affect all of society.
  • Social justice and social change are necessary to end social, cultural, and institutional oppressions which contribute to violence and cause barriers to healing.
  • Advocacy is only the beginning of intervention.
  • Services must be survivor-centered and understand that survivors are the experts on their own lives.
  • While staff should continuously develop their knowledge, they must work within their scope of expertise and provide referrals as appropriate.
  • Dating/Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking are a choice made by perpetrators and are not the fault of the victim/survivors.
  • Campus-wide prevention education is key to unlearning victim blaming and learning consent and healthy relationships.