Campus Assault Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.)

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Purpose:

Campus Assault Resources and Education (C.A.R.E.) is University of San Diego’s primary effort to provide support, resources and education to the student community pertaining to sexual assault and sexual exploitation. The University of San Diego does not tolerate sexual assault and has implemented a comprehensive effort that reinforces a culture of prevention, response and accountability that ensures the safety, dignity and well-being of all members of our community.

National statistics show that between 20-25% of college-age women and 3% of college-age men will be sexually assaulted.

This website is designed to provide USD community members with important information about support and resources available to all USD students who have been or may be impacted by sexual assault.

Advocates:

There are trained CARE Advocates on campus available to support students impacted by sexual assault. CARE Advocates are available to provide support to USD students who may have been impacted by sexual assault, sexual exploitation, harassment, and/or partner violence. They can help answer questions about the multiple processes involved in reporting and facilitate appropriate referrals to resources for students who have been impacted by sexual assault, harassment, and/or partner violence. Advocates are also available to accompany students to Public Safety, and/or an interview with Law Enforcement

To reach an advocate immediately, call Public Safety (619) 260-2222 and ask to speak to a CARE Advocate. If you or a friend have been impacted by sexual assault or have questions about sexual assault, you are encouraged to connect with an advocate.

Advocates can also be reached at their on campus office or via email.

Counseling:

The Counseling Center provides free, confidential, counseling services to enrolled students. Most students’ counseling needs can be readily addressed by the center’s professional staff, which includes psychologists, carefully selected and supervised trainees from doctoral programs in clinical and counseling psychology, and a contract psychiatrist.

Students in crisis or with urgent needs can be seen immediately on a walk-in basis. All information is confidential in a manner consistent with applicable law. This service is also available to those who have been accused of sexual misconduct. Counseling Center staff can also help students address academic concerns, contact professors, and/or coordinate other services on-campus.

To connect with someone at the Counseling Center, go to Serra Hall 300 or call 619-260-4655

Educational Events & Programs:

Various events and programs are designed and implemented by students on an annual basis. The Women's Center collaborates with various campus departments, such and the Center for Health & Wellness Promotion, Athletics, Student Activities and the Department of Public Safety as well as local organizations to raise awareness about sexual violence and the profound impact it has on the USD community. Programs and events range from speakers to discussions and exhibits to rallies. Click here to learn more about events and programs.

Peer Education:

The sexual assault peer education program at USD is a collaborative effort between the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion, Women’s Center, and Psychology department. This is a very unique program that allows undergraduate students to gain valuable and practical experience in a counseling setting, while providing support and appropriate resources to those impacted by sexual violence. The peer advising program at USD is a graduate school level experience for the select group of students who take part. 

*Peers take reasonable steps to preserve an individual’s privacy and protect the confidentiality of information.