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Help for You or a Friend
Whitworth University is committed to offering support its community members who have been directly impacted by power-based personal violence. Whether you or someone you care about, you are not alone. Whitworth's sexual assault first responder is Pam Oswalt, and she is available to talk with you Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Whitworth Counseling Center. You can stop by the counseling center, located in Schumacher Hall, or call at 509.777.3259. Pam will provide support in whatever way you find most helpful, whether this be helping you navigate next steps or simply listening to your truth.
Support may include, but is not limited to:
- Making arrangements for your classes and school work...
- Looking at different housing options so you feel safe...
- Connecting you to medical professional and other resources...
- Talking and working through any financial ramifications related to power-based personal violence...
- Walking through the legal options available to you, such as contacting law enforcement, filing a case and following up on its status...
- Connecting you with a counselor, on or off campus, if you would like to talk about what happened with someone...
For a Friend
If a friend confides in you that they are a victim of an act of violence, consider the following ways you can provide support:
- If s/he is in imminent crisis or danger‚ call 911 immediately. You may call the police on someone's behalf, even if you are not with them, if you believe they are facing an immediate threat to their safety.
- Listen to them. Offer support. Refrain from judgment.
- "I'm glad you told me and I believe you. This is not your fault. I'm sorry this happened."
Provide them with options and let them make their own choices. Do not pressure them to do what you think is best, but let them decide for themselves what the best next step is.
- "Do you want to talk with someone about this? Do you want call a sexual assault advocate? Do you need to go to the hospital?"
- "You are going to make the best possible decision you can at this time and I am here for you."
Provide them with resources to contact when they are ready.
- "Here is a list of people to contact, both on and off campus, in case you decide later that you want to follow up with someone about this."
Information and Resources
Below are campus resources, off-campus organizations, and national resources that are available for help and support. If you would like someone to navigate these organizations with you, please don't hesitate to call Pam Oswalt via the Counseling Center at 509.777.3259.
- Whitworth First Responder: Pam Oswalt, call the Counseling Center at 509.777.3259
- Whitworth Resident Director, 24-hour On-Call: Contact Security at 509.777.4444
- Whitworth Health & Counseling Center: 509.777.3259
- Spokane SAFeT 24-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 509.624.7273
- Trained advocates are available as a support, or to meet you at a hospital.
- Drop-In Support Group for College-Aged Female Survivors of Sexual Assault:
- Group Intake Line: 509.343.5093
- Provided by Lutheran Community Services
- YMCA Domestic Violence Crisis & Information Line: 509.326.2255
- RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline & website: 800.656.HOPE, www.rainn.org
- Deaconess Medical Center: 800 W. 5th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204
- Holy Family Hospital: 5633 N. Lidgerwood St., Spokane, WA 99208
- Sacred Heart Medical Center: 101 W. 8th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204