Confidential Services Include:
- Crisis intervention by walk-in or appointment
- Education on reporting options
- Consultation with support people about how to help their loved ones
- Survivor Empowerment Group* (see below)
- Advocacy with law enforcement, Student Conduct and Ethical Development, housing and academic assistance
- Accompaniment to interviews with law enforcement, court, Student Conduct and Ethical Development, Title IX, and the hospital
- Assistance with restraining orders and Victim Compensation applications
- Referrals to campus and community services
- Prevention Education Presentations
- The Advocate can tailor a presentation to meet your class, group, or event’s needs and she will accommodate requests based on her availability.
Empowerment Support Group
CSUSB cares about survivors of abuse. If you find that you want a place to talk with other student survivors of these abuses, the Advocate provides a weekly, drop-in, confidential support group for any CSUSB student who has experienced:
The Spring Quarter 2021 Drop-In Empowerment Support Group meets every Friday from 12:00PM-1:30 PM. We do not typically meet week 15, but if the group agrees we might also meet an additional time. This group is open to all genders. The group will take place virtually via HIPAA secure Zoom. There is no pre-appointment needed and you may come as often as you choose.
For more information on the Empowerment Support Group please contact Cortni.Alexander@csusb.edu.
All-Gender Empowerment Support Group For Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Child Abuse
Fridays 12-1:30 PM - Spring 2021 Virtually
Drop in; confidential. Give support. Receive support. Increase coping skills. Share your story- or feel free not to.
- Other support groups and services specific to sexual assault and dating violence are available in San Bernardino, LA and Riverside Counties.
- Domestic Violence 24 Hour Chat & Hotline: 800-799-7233
- Sexual Assault 24 hour chat & Hotline: 800-656-4673
- San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services : 909-885-8884
- Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center : 951-686-7273
- Project Sister Family Services (Pomona) : 909-623-1619
- Option House: San Bernardino: 909-381-3471
- House of Ruth: West End Inland Empire: 909-988-5559
Additional group mental health counseling options that are NOT specific to sexual assault, dating violence, and/or stalking are available through CSUSB Counseling and Psychological Services. Call 909-537-5040 to set an appointment.
Empowerment Support Group FAQ
What is the Empowerment Support Group?
The Empowerment Support Group is for any CSUSB student who has experienced stalking, intimate partner/dating violence, and/or sexual violence, including survivors of sexual assault and/or incest/childhood abuse. All genders are welcome.
When is the group?
The Spring 2021 group will take place on Fridays from Noon-1:30pm on Zoom, due to campus closures.
Where do I go to attend the group?
For the Spring 2021 Quarter, this group will be held virtually, on Zoom.
How can I join? Do I need to register?
The Empowerment Support Group group is open, which means you can attend sessions consecutively or come when your schedule allows. You can come on the days that that work for you, even if you have never been before. Because the group is being held virtually, you will need a link in order to join the meeting. We ask that you please email Cortni (Cortni.Alexander@csusb.edu) in order to be sent the link, prior to the start of the support group. If you have questions, we encourage you to call and talk with us, but no other registration is required. Office: 909-537-7354 Email: Cortni.Alexander@csusb.edu
Do I have to come to group every week? Can I start group halfway through the quarter?
You can start or stop coming to our drop-in group at any point during the quarter. You can decide to skip a week or two and return when your schedule allows. However, support groups are often most beneficial when attended on a consistent basis.
Will group ever be canceled? If so, how can I find out?
You can check this website for group cancellations, but we will generally not cancel group.
I am not a student at CSUSB. Can I attend?
No. Currently, we only offer support groups to CSUSB students. Please see information at the top of this page regarding support groups offered by community agencies.
What does a typical group session look like?
At the start of each group, the group facilitators will have information about group guidelines and ask you to sign a participation agreement. The participation agreement describes the ground rules, which are designed to protect the safety and confidentiality of all group members. The group length is 90 minutes, is semi-structured, and will be responsive to the areas of focus the attendees say are most helpful to them.
Do I have to talk if I come to group?
Absolutely not. If you feel more comfortable listening to others and sitting in silence, that is your choice. Some people find it difficult to open up to people they do not know well, and others find it comforting. We respect your decisions to participate at your own pace.
Can I go to the empowerment group and get individual services as well?
Of course. If you have questions about our services or what might be helpful to you on your healing journey, feel free to consult with our Advocate, Cortni Alexander: Cortni.Alexander@csusb.edu
Who leads the empowerment group?
The group is co-led by the Advocate and trained VOICE peer educators who will facilitate conversation, encourage peer-to-peer learning, and encourage self-exploration.
Is what I say in group confidential?
Yes. Confidentiality is a cornerstone of our services and why we require not only the group leaders but also attendees to uphold the confidentiality of all who participate. Confidential means that, as allowable by law, the information student survivors who are 18 and older share with us will never be shared to law enforcement, campus authorities, parents, or any other person without the explicit written permission of the student victim/survivor.
What is the empowerment group NOT?
- The empowerment group is NOT a crisis stabilization service. 24-hour confidential help from victim advocacy organizations can be found at on the Resources tab of our website; CAPS offers a 24-hour mental health support line as well as crisis appointments as available during business hours: 909-537-5040
- The empowerment group is NOT a batterer’s treatment or sex offender treatment program.
- The empowerment group is a peer-support service designed for student survivors of sexual and dating violence. We do not provide diagnosis or prescriptions. In some situations, group leaders may ask that you continue your treatment from your mental or medical care provider in order to participate in group. If you like, we would be happy to coordinate care with your provider with your explicit written permission.
- The empowerment group is a safe space. Attendees must be sober from the time they arrive until the time they leave group. Those who are intoxicated or under the influence will be asked to leave.
I am not a survivor, but am curious to know what group looks like. Can I attend?
No. The empowerment group is specifically designed for CSUSB students who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking. In order to protect the safety and confidentiality of attendees, we do not allow observers. Reporters, journalism students, people interested in the professional role of victim advocates, and/or people attempting to educate themselves about sexual violence who are there to participate in the empowerment group will be asked to leave immediately.
I have a job on campus that requires me to report crime information I hear about or that is told to me (examples might include RAs). Can I still attend support group?
Probably. The empowerment group is confidential, and there are no exceptions. We require all participants to sign and abide by the terms of our participation agreement. So, if you can commit to keeping what you learn about other people in group confidential just like you would expect them to do for you, you are more than welcome to participate. If you cannot fully protect the confidentiality of group attendees (including name, all details about their victimization experience(s), and anything else they may share), you will not be able to participate in the empowerment group.