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Faculty & Staff:

Survivor Advocacy Services would like to thank you for your key role in supporting survivors on our campus community. Most of you are mandated reporters so we do recognize that you are legally obligated to report instances of Sexual Assault, Stalking, as well as Intimate Partner, Domestic, and Dating Violence to the Office of Equity & Compliance. Instructors and Professors are impactful mentors that students have in college. Please be mindful on how you respond to students who may confide in you and disclose their experiences. Please be patient with the student as trauma affects individuals differently. However, common trauma symptoms include the impact on memory & processing information.

Where to direct survivors:

    • It is encouraged that you refer the student to SAS to coordinate wrap-around services that are not only available to students, but also other staff and faculty in our CPP community.

    • Counseling Services is available to students on a walk-in basis for crisis counseling during normal business hours, or via a crisis hotline (909-869-3220, press "2") if the student needs to speak to someone immediately for crisis counseling.

Friends/Family Members:

As a friend or family member, you may be one of the first people that your loved one shares their experiences and feelings with. The biggest thing you can do for your loved one is to believe, listen, and show support. You may not know how to respond and that is okay. Knowing that you are there for them is the biggest support you can give. We have some pointers that may help you respond to a loved one that has experienced trauma:

    • Remind your loved one that what happened was not their fault. While you may not understand or know everything, it is important for a victim/survivor to feel like they have been heard.

    • Affirm their feelings in that they are valid and that there is nothing wrong with how they may be feeling.

    • Let them make decisions on their own. While you may want to solve their problems, all choices should be up to your loved one.

    • Refer them to access services. Share with them that Survivor Advocacy Resources can assist them with processing their trauma and coordinating any further services that they may need.

    • Listen to understand rather than listening to respond.

    • When to speak up:

      While you may be tempted to keep everything secretive and your loved one may even ask you to promise not to say anything, it is best to use your own judgement. If your friend is in immediate physical danger, at risk of hurting themselves or another person, please utilize resources that are listed on our website and or call 911 if it is an emergency.

Members of the Cal Poly Pomona Community:

As part of our campus community, Survivor Advocacy Services (SAS) invites you to be a part of our ONE. Bystander Intervention Initiative.

    • What is “ONE.”?

      ONE. is Cal Poly Pomona’s Bystander Intervention Initiative. The mission is simple: It only takes ONE. One person, One question, One action to play a role in preventing sexual assault. Be the ONE to stand up against sexual violence in our community.

    • What is a Bystander?

      A bystander is any individual or group of people who are present for an event or incident, but do not participate in what is happening.

    • What does it mean to intervene as a Bystander?

      The first step in successful bystander intervention involves developing the awareness, skills, and most importantly the courage to intervene when you see that another individual needs your help. This allows people to send powerful messages about what is acceptable and expected within our campus community.

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      Become ONE of us. If you are interested in getting a ONE. Workshop, please contact one of our SAS Peer Educators at or by phone 909-869-2196,