Advocacy and support services are free and confidential services where students can receive help and talk about their options if they have experienced sexual violence, recently or in the past. Advocacy services are guided by and individualized to each student’s needs and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assistance accessing on-campus and off-campus support services regarding sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking
  • Information about criminal reporting options, campus reporting options, medical care, counseling services, and on- and off-campus resources
  • Assistance accessing accommodations through Title IX
  • Accompaniment services for survivors, including:
    • Accompaniment through the OSARP student misconduct process
    • Accompaniment during law enforcement interviews
    • Court accompaniment (protective orders and criminal proceedings)
    • Hospital accompaniment during business hours
  • With student’s permission, can help explain resources to family members

 There are a variety of reasons why students may seek advocacy services. When meeting with an advocate, you can share as much or as little as you want. We will listen and help you explore options and resources, both on- and off-campus, to meet your needs. You may or may not wish to report the incident; either way, the decision will remain in your hands. There are also many additional resources outside of reporting that our advocates can help you understand and access. Regardless of your needs, our advocates can be a source of information and support as you navigate what feels best for you.

Survivor advocacy services are located in the University Health Center’s The Well, on the first floor of the Student Success Center. To access confidential advocacy services call The Well front desk at 540.568.2831, come to The Well during regular business hours, or email Jackie Hieber.

Students are welcome to bring a friend or support person along for their visit. Survivor advocates are also available to meet with students or faculty who are seeking help supporting a survivor.  

Meet the Advocates


Health Center Survivor Advocates
Jackie Hieber

Jackie Hieber

Assistant Director for Sexual Violence Prevention & Survivor Advocacy


Arianna Sessoms, M.Ed.

Prevention Coordinator

Kelsey Smith

Kelsey Smith

Graduate Assistant - Sexual Violence Prevention

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