For Survivors of Sexual Assault
If you or a loved one have been sexually assaulted, you can contact EROC through our secure form here. You can also call us at (202)281-0323
We provide free, direct assistance to all survivors of gender-based and sexual violence, including, but not limited to, in the following ways:
connecting survivors, parents and friends with support networks
filing federal complaints
mentoring student activists
connecting survivors with mental health professionals
connecting survivors with legal counsel
Additionally, our staff are happy to meet with student groups via phone, video conference, or in-person to discuss on-campus efforts and how to address ongoing challenges.
If you would like to speak with a staff person regarding our services, please fill out our secure form and we will make every effort to respond within two business days.
Getting Help on Campus
A sexual assault should not impede your educational experience. Under Title IX, each college, university, or K-12 school district must have a designated Title IX coordinator who is responsible for ensuring their institution’s compliance with Title IX, including through overseeing the campus adjudication process for sexual violence and harassment.
Under federal law, colleges are required to:
Help you receive academic accommodations, such as changing classes or exam dates.
Help you receive living accommodations.
Notify you of the right, but not the requirement, to contact law enforcement.
Help you access counseling.
In some cases, your university may also issue your assailant a no-contact order. These can extend to prohibiting online harassment and retaliation.
EROC can provide direct assistance to survivors who are currently navigating the on-campus adjudication process. If you need our help, please contact us through our secure form.
If you are concerned for your life, we encourage you to call 911. However, we recognize that not all survivors are able to or feel safe in reporting to law enforcement. For options beyond law enforcement, please click our resources page here.
If you need immediate accommodations for disabilities caused by sexual assault, such as PTSD, anxiety, or depression, you can ask for help from either your institution’s Title IX coordinator or the office that houses disability services on campus. Under Title II and Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act, institutions are required to provide accommodations for students with both visible and invisible disabilities.
For Parents of Survivors
If you are a parent of a survivor of sexual assault please visit our parent's resource page.
PREVENTION, EDUCATION, & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
The EROC Speakers Bureau works to provide transformational and intersectional educational programming to college and high school students, school professors and administrators, community organizations, businesses, and groups interested in learning how to end sexual violence.
Our programming is trauma-informed and survivor-centered. We understand that people have trauma and that survivors’ voices must be the foundation of all anti-violence work.
Know Your Rights: Title IX and Beyond | EROC will trace the major changes in Title IX and explain what student rights look like now. We will also explore how students’ rights have changed over the last decade.
Maximizing Your State Legislative Advocacy | Learn about the federal and state legislative landscape related to sexual violence in schools, with a special emphasis on your state and the needs of LGBTQIA+ students under Title IX.
Community Mapping | Learn how to identify the resources in your community and identify gaps in your community’s services for survivors.
Supporting a Survivor: Responding to Disclosures | Familiarize and practice responding to disclosures of sexual violence from community members. This skill is essential for folks interested in advocating for victims and survivors of sexual violence.
The Future of #MeToo: Creating a Survivor-Centered Movement | Invite EROC’s Executive Director, Jess Davidson to your community to discuss how the #MeToo Movement has informed the college sexual assault movement. Jess will also discuss why survivor leadership in our movement is the only path forward and how our movement needs to intentionally devise solutions to empower and support youth activists.
Ten Years Later: Reflecting on Lessons Learned in College Sexual Violence Movement | Invite EROC’s Associate Director of External Programs, Michelle Carroll, to your community to discuss the lessons that they’ve learned during a decade of survivor advocacy. Michelle’s talk focuses on their self-reflection as a feminist activist and how they unlearned internalized racism to organize in an intersectional way. Michelle also reflects on how important pop culture moments, such as #MeToo and The Hunting Ground, defined the college sexual assault movement. Finally, Michelle considers how her self-care as an activist has evolved.
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Associate Director of External Programming
Michelle graduated with Honors from Franklin and Marshall College with Bachelor of Arts in Government. It was during her freshman year that she began organizing her community in response to incidents of sexual violence. While completing her education, she led the Sexual Assault Violence Education (SAVE) Club, the Alice Drum Women’s Center, and planned the annual Take Back the Night. After graduating, Michelle joined Teach for America in Southwest Philadelphia. She carries the lessons from her fourth graders into all of her justice work. In 2016, Michelle joined the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) as their Director of Campus Projects. In her anti-violence organizing and programming, Michelle brings her queer, white-presenting boricua self with the goal of leveraging her many privileges and building an intersectional activist community. Michelle has presented workshops at several national conferences, is a trained facilitator in Restorative Justice (RJ), and is a certified rape crisis center advocate in New York State. Michelle is available for keynote speeches, fireside chats, plenaries, and panels, with particular expertise in the following:
The Basics of College Sexual Assault | Introductory topics to sexual violence conversations, including: affirmative consent, bystander intervention, and sexual violence prevelence rates.
Where We’ve Come From | The history of the American anti-rape movement and protecting intersectional movement histories.
Healing After Sexual Violence | Introductory topics to circle practice, restorative justice, and honoring our ancestors.
Building Community | Introductory topics in building community sexual assault response teams and other collaborative bodies to address community sexual violence.
Know Your Rights for Students | Introductory topics related to Title IX and campus policy for college, K-12, and graduate students.
Jess Davidson is the Interim Executive Director of End Rape On Campus and a renowned and experienced public speaker. Her previous speaking credentials include engagements at educational institutions as well as private and public interest engagements. Jess was a plenary speaker at the first White House United State of Women Summit, keynoted the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s annual Tech Summit, and has engaged with both Uber and Google on the intersection of their work and sexual violence. She regularly speaks at schools across the country and suits her expertise to meet the students and school where they’re at, ranging from technical schools and community colleges to large state universities, to Ivy League institutions. Jess serves as a spokesperson on issues of sexual violence, frequently appearing on cable news including CNN, Good Morning America, Tonight with Lester Holt, MSNBC, as well as print media, including, but not limited to the New York Times and Washington Post. Jess is available for keynote speeches, fireside chats, plenaries, and panels, with particular expertise in the following:
The movement to end sexual violence | The current state of the movement, its history, and how we move forward in our current era.
Student activism and leadership | Jess began her survivor activism as student body president and is well-positioned to speak to student government groups and student leaders, in addition to scrappy activists who are agitating their administrations. As a student leader, she did both!
Centering survivors | Aside from engaging in on-campus activism, Jess’ expertise includes engaging industries of all kinds (private and public alike), and how together, we can ignite reform to center survivors.
Electoral politics and survivorship | Civic engagement through voting and political processes can how thinking about voting differently can improve survivors’ lives and expand and protect our rights.
Policy reform | Jess’ expertise includes especially federal policy and student-led campus policy reform to protect and expand survivor rights.
Morgan D. Dewey
Morgan D. Dewey is the Communications Director at End Rape On Campus (EROC). Morgan has engaged with students, academics, and local, state, territorial, and national organizations on how to strategically use communications to mobilize and invoke action that supports survivors. Morgan has expertise in both digital and print media, with a focus first and foremost on survivor wants and needs. Morgan is available for keynote speeches, fireside chats, plenaries, and panels, with particular expertise in the following:
Survivor-Centered & Trauma-informed Communications | An equitable world is one where survivors’ rights are expanded and protected. This starts with how we communicate.
Accessible Communications | As communications experts, we aren’t doing our job right if only a select group of people can consume your messaging. Accessible communications is not only integral to effectiveness, but also is an equity issue.
Making Media Friends | Ready to pitch stories, send out press releases, and manage press relationships? We’ve got you covered.
B. Ever Hanna, Esq.
Campus Policy Manager
Ever is a queer and trans lawyer, educator, and activist who holds a J.D. from the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and a B.S. in Film and Television from Boston University. They are a member of the Maryland Bar. Ever’s formative experience successfully organizing for the implementation of a sexual assault response and prevention center in college cemented their identity as a survivor activist and galvanized them to continue to agitate for radical change on and off of campus. Since then, Ever has gained experience in law, social work, and education and has worked with a variety of populations including foster youth, preschoolers, farmworkers, law students, survivors of sexual violence, criminal defendants, and people who are incarcerated. Ever’s dedication to community organizing and public interest work has been honoured by the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, and the faculty of Villanova Law. Ever is committed to using their access and education to amplify the voices of people on the margins, and is bolstered by a deep love for data, information transparency, and community building. Ever is available for keynote speeches, fireside chats, plenaries, and panels, with particular expertise in the following:
Movement building | Community organizing and coalition building on a college campus.
Student organizing | Ever’s career including student organizing as both an undergrad and a law student. Learn their best practices in building an intersectional, representative, and long-lasting student movement.
Policy reform | Ever’s expertise includes especially federal policy and student-led campus policy reform to protect and expand survivor rights. Federal, state, and campus educational violence policy, including Title IX.
EROC advocates for fair and adequate campus adjudication policies for sexual assault and interpersonal violence, and for legislation on local, state, and federal levels. Our staff also regularly consult with policymakers and thought leaders across the world.
We advocate for policy reforms that are inclusive of the following:
Reflective of the significant effects that sexual violence has on survivors
Trauma-informed and survivor-centric
A validation, prioritization, and commitment to ensuring the survivor’s agency to seek help in whatever way is best for them
Policies that prioritize the needs of LGBTQ-identified survivors of violence, and treat reports of queer violence equally to those of heterosexual and cisgendered students
Provisions that incentivize educational institutions to prevent sexual assault and address it adequately when it occurs
Campus Policy Reform
You can work to reform your campus policy by connecting with other survivors, activists, and organizations that have on-campus chapters. Please see our resources page for a list. If you are interested in bringing an EROC speaker to your campus, please contact us here.
If you have been sexually assaulted and you believe that your campus may have violated Title IX, the Clery Act, or other federal laws, you have the option of filing a federal complaint to the U.S. Department of Education. Click here to learn more.
Local Policy Reform
At EROC, we advocate for trauma-informed local policies that streamline communications between survivors, institutions, and relevant local agencies and organizations. At the local level, EROC encourages the following reforms:
Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between on-campus security or police forces and the local police department. MOUs streamline information sharing between on-campus security and police forces, limiting the hours a survivor must spend detailing their assault with a non-mental health professional.
SANE Nurses at the local hospitals or partnerships with medical advocates at local rape crisis centers or services.
EROC advocates for laws that prevent sexual violence and support survivors in both campus and law enforcement processes. Addressing campus sexual violence with a state-by-state strategy is a promising tactic, and EROC encourages activists to consider this approach in conjunction with federal policy advocacy. We support legislation on the state level that includes, but is not limited to, the following proposals:
Age-appropriate consent and healthy relationships education from elementary school to college
Advocating for an end to statutes of limitations for sex crimes
Trauma-informed training for law enforcement, including training that addresses issues specific to marginalized communities
While reporting to law enforcement is an individual decision that is up to every survivor, we believe that every survivor should have the option to safely report if they choose to do so. To that end, we advocate for legislation that will protect survivors if they opt to report their assault to law enforcement.
EROC supports groundbreaking federal legislation, including the bi-partisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act (Gillibrand, D-NY) and the HALT Act (Speier, D-CA). While we believe that changing our culture is the key to ending campus sexual violence in the long term, we recognize the impact that legislative change can have in spurring national dialogues and improving existing laws.
We encourage legislation on the federal level that includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Heightened enforcement of Title IX, Title II, and the Clery Act
Enhanced transparency from the U.S. Department of Education on issues relating to campus sexual violence and harassment
Improving the ability of the U.S. Department of Education to fine institutions for violating Title IX
Implementing mandatory exit surveys at all federally funded institutions
The expansion and enforcement of Title IX protections for survivors of online harassment and cyberstalking
Limiting access to firearms on campuses