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  • Sexual Assault

    Sexual Assault occurs when physical, sexual activity is engaged in without the consent of the other person, or when the other person is unable to consent to the activity. The activity or conduct may include physical force, violence, threat, intimidation, ignoring the objections of the other person, causing the other person's intoxication or incapacitation (through the use of drugs or alcohol) or taking advantage of the other person's intoxication (including voluntary intoxication).

  • Consent

    Sexual activity of any kind requires consent. Consent is mandatory in every kind of sexual activity, whether it’s with a new partner or in a long-term relationship. Without consent, any sexual act is sexual violence.

    UCSB has an “affirmative consent” policy, meaning that consent is an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision by each participant to mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. Consent is voluntary and must be given without coercion, force, threats or intimidation. Silence does not mean consent.

    Consent is revocable. Consent to some form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity. Consent on one occasion is not consent to engage in sexual activity on another occasion. A current or previous dating or sexual relationship, by itself, is not sufficient to constitute consent. Even in the context of a relationship, there must be mutual consent to engage in sexual activity. Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter and can be revoked any time. Once consent is withdrawn, the sexual activity must stop immediately.

    Consent cannot be given when someone is incapacitated, unconscious, coming in and out of consciousness, or if that person's understanding of the act is affected by a physical or mental impairment.


  • Dating/Domestic Violence

    Dating violence is abuse committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the complainant and is determined by length and type of relationship and the frequency of interactions.

    Domestic violence is abuse committed against an adult or a minor who is a spouse or former spouse, cohabitant or former cohabitant, or someone with whom the abuser has a child, has an existing dating or engagement relationship, or has had a former dating or engagement relationship. It can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological.

    Dating/domestic violence is characterized by a pattern of behaviors used to establish power and control over the other person or partner.

  • Stalking

    When a person repeatedly engages in conduct directed at a specific person that places that person in reasonable fear of his or her safety or the safety of others.

  • Violence and Identities

    Anyone can be affected by harassment, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, or stalking, regardless of their gender, race, ability status, or any other identity.  However, there are some who face higher rates of violence or additional barriers to seeking help. Additional information is included below about some of these communities.

    • LGBTQ Survivors
    • Undocumented Survivors
    • Students Studying Abroad
    • International Students
    • Graduate Student Survivors
    Graduate Student Survivors

    CARE provides confidential advocacy, support, and related referrals for graduate students as well as undergraduates, staff, faculty, and alumni impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.

    Graduate students are unique members of the university community, often times as both a full time student and UCSB employee. Due to this dual role graduate students may feel that the resources on campus are not fit to meet their needs. CARE frequently works with the Graduate Division to navigate students’ academic, research, employment, and financial needs resulting from an experience of interpersonal violence that either recently occurred or is still causing a disturbance in their academic, personal, or work life. 

    Some graduate students are parents who might have concerns about child care needs that have been impacted by an experience of violence. CARE is here to support every survivor in creating a safety plan that best fits the individual and their family/ loved ones. CARE is able to advocate for needs that affect both the individual survivor and others who have been impacted by the violence.

    Navigating your options

    Graduate students, like all UCSB community members, deserve safe, equitable working conditions, free from harassment and gender-based discrimination. CARE can assist graduate students understand their reporting options and the resources available throughout their healing process. If a survivor chooses to report experiences of sexual harassment or violence that they have directly experienced or witnessed in the course of their work at UCSB, a CARE advocate can be by their side throughout the reporting process. Reporting processes on campus can include the Title IX/Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance office, the Academic Senate, Academic Personnel, and/or Human Resources.

    The Importance of Location

    CARE has two locations one in the Student Resource Building (SRB) within the Women’s Center and the other in the Gaucho Support Center in Isla Vista near Embarcadero Hall. Our location in the SRB is conveniently located next to the Graduate Student Resource center, who is a wonderful source of information and assistance for graduate student needs. CARE wants all survivors to feel empowered to ask for their appointment to be located at whichever office fits best with their needs and feelings of safety and stability.

     

    Accommodations

    CARE advocates can assist graduate students and researchers in receiving reasonable accommodations for academic and campus life, including but not limited to:

    • Revised deadlines or pace of work with advisors (including rescheduling a dissertation defense)
    • Discreet workplace accommodations to promote safety, regardless of whether the student wants to formally report sexual violence or harassment
    • Referrals to additional mental and behavioral health support services with expertise in the needs of graduate students
    • Navigating department politics and potential social impacts if violence or harassment have been disclosed to fellow students or faculty
    • Emergency funding for medical needs, transportation to services related to sexual or domestic violence, temporary safe housing, and other unexpected, one-time expenses as appropriate through CARE’s Survivor Fund
    • Advocating for safe and sustainable housing for the survivor and their family
    • Accompaniment during reporting processes and court appearances

    Confidentiality

    All faculty and staff, who are not confidential, are required to report all students’ disclosures of sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and/or stalking to the Title IX office to ensure consistent student services and Title IX policy compliance. A CARE advocate can discuss any student’s concerns one-on-one, without sharing the student’s name, identifying information, or any other details about their visit with CARE with other campus offices, including Title IX. Your faculty advisor and your department will not be notified that you have visited CARE, unless you explicitly request CARE’s assistance in working with them.

    Making an Appointment with a CARE Advocate

    To schedule a non-urgent appointment with a CARE Advocate, please follow this link to our appointment request form.

    To speak with a confidential advocate immediately, please call our 24/7 CARE advocacy line at (805) 893-4613.  If you have an emergency or feel that you may be in immediate danger, please call 911. 

    If you have experienced a sexual assault within the last five days, please visit the Medical information under the “How We Help - Advocacy” tab above or call CARE at 805-893-4613 to learn about the time-sensitive option to seek a free, confidential forensic medical exam.

    Campus Resources

    UCSB Graduate Student Resource Center: http://www.graddiv.ucsb.edu/profdev/home
    UCSB Non-Traditional Resource Center: http://wgse.sa.ucsb.edu/nontrad/home

    Community and National Resources

    Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: https://www.rainn.org/

    National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV): https://ncadv.org/

    Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center: http://www.sbrapecrisiscenter.org/

    Domestic Violence Solutions: https://www.dvsolutions.org/en/

    National Center for Victims of Crime: http://victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center

    CARE recognizes…

    CARE recognizes that each individual may hold many of the different identities that our Populations we CARE for pages address. For more information on another identity please click here to be brought back to the Populations we CARE for homepage. 

  • FAQ

    What is consent and how does alcohol impact consent?

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    Do’s and Don’ts after a Disclosure

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