The Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention (RVSP) Program is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all members of the University Community can persevere academically, personally, and professionally in an equitable and safe manner, devoid of sexual and relationship violence.
Our mission is achieved through:
- education and awareness of sexual and relationship violence,
- implementing programs and services that meet the diverse educational, personal, and safety needs of students on campus,
- and constructing a program whose foundation is based upon support and advocacy for students impacted by sexual and/or relationship violence.
It is the hope of the RVSP Program that students will feel empowered to disclose incidents of sexual and relationship violence and to seek assistance through the healing process.
What We Do
- Create a climate that minimizes sexual and relationship violence
- Ensure that survivors of relationship and sexual violence are treated with respect, comfort, and compassion
- Create a climate that encourages survivors to report incidents of sexual and relationship violence without fear
- Establish relationship and sexual violence prevention training and awareness programs to UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty
- Ensure sensitive and comprehensive treatment to restore victims' health and well-being
Discussing Options Available to Sexual Assault/Relationship Violence Survivors
Following a traumatic event such as a sexual assault or relationship violence assault, individuals are often confused about their options regarding care, reporting assaults to the police and university, medical care, housing issues, and many other concerns a victim may have. The Relationship Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention (RVSP) Program Coordinator at UT Arlington will provide confidential one-on-one meetings, present all available options, and assist the student in making decisions that they feel are in their best interest.
Assistance Reporting the Crime
Whether the report is made to the police, the University through the Office of Student Conduct, or filed as an anonymous report, the Relationship Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention (RVSP) Program can assist and/or accompany the student in that process.
Assistance Obtaining Counseling or Mental Health Services
Seeking counseling and/or mental health services following a sexual assault is an essential part of the healing process. The RVSP Program Coordinator can accompany the student to the first session if they would like.
Assistance with Academic Concerns
Academic intervention may be necessary following a sexual assault. The RVSP Program Coordinator may be able to facilitate that process if deemed necessary.
Assistance Seeking Medical Care
Regardless of how long ago the assault occurred, the RVSP Program Coordinator can assist the student in seeking medical care. Even if the student does not wish to file a police report, health care and treatment are still available and necessary. The RVSP Program Coordinator can accompany the student to the hospital for medical tests and evidence collections as well as any additional appointments if needed.
Assistance in Education and Outreach Efforts
The RVSP Program will provide education and outreach efforts to the campus at large. This involves collaborations with campus groups, publishing brochures and establishing support materials for victims of sexual assault and their supporters, as well as education and prevention efforts to reduce the occurrence of sexual assaults on UT Arlington.
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