The Victim Advocate is a trained professional which provides free non-judgmental support and information to students and employees who may be victims of crime, violence or abuse. The victim advocate serves all three campuses and strives to treat victims with compassion and respect.  Speaking with the Victim Advocate DOES NOT start a formal misconduct or criminal process, unless you want to access those options.

Confidentiality Policy

The University of the Pacific’s Victim Advocacy Program assures confidentiality. Student’s names and personal information will be kept confidential unless written permission is received to release the information to a third party or unless one of the following exceptions is met:

  • Knowledge of suicidal or homicidal thoughts
  • Knowledge that child/elder abuse has occurred
  • Information court-ordered by a judge
  • Threat to the safety of the student/community
  • Contact Information

    Business Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm call 209.403.0250. 
    After Hours: Call counseling services at 209.946.2315 ext. 2, then choose option 4
    24/7 Hot-line:  Call the Women's Center hotline at 209.465.4997

    Office location: Hand Hall, Room 111
    Office phone: 209.946.2428

    Our program is independent of the police. Police reports are encouraged; however, reports are not required for information and referral assistance.

    See also: Pacific's Current Sexual Misconduct Policy

    On-Campus Services

    The Victim Advocate may be the first person to respond to the victim. During this critical time victims may experience a wide range of feelings and emotions. As an advocate, we can assist in many ways.

  • Emotional support
  • Information about resources and options
  • Appropriate referrals in the following areas:
  • Academic Support
  • Safe room (temporary housing)
  • Housing on campus
  • Counseling
  • Student Conduct
  • Medical
  • Public Safety Reporting
  • Advocating with Professors
  • Counseling Services provides limited medical treatment and counseling to students who may have been a victim of sexual misconduct or any other crime. They can be reached via phone at 209.946.2315 x2.

    Stockton Community Resources

    The Victim Advocate is available to:

  • Accompany a victim to a meeting with the police, a judicial hearing, court hearing, or a hospital/medical center.
  • Assist a student in filing a police report, judicial report, or restraining order, if the student chooses to do so.
  • Victim's Bill of Rights

  • To be free from intimidation and harm
  • To receive notification of judicial proceedings
  • To be present at hearings accompanied by a victim advocate
  • To be told of services within the community
  • To be treated with respect and dignity
  • To receive knowledge of the criminal justice system
  • To be able to impart a Victim Impact Statement
  • A comprehensive version of the Victim’s Rights and information regarding the judicial process can be found in the Tiger Lore Handbook.

    Who is a Victim?

    A victim is a person who suffers direct or threatened physical, emotional or financial harm as a result of an act by someone else, which is a crime.

    Types of Victimization

     

    Sexual Misconduct is an umbrella term that includes any non-consensual sexual activity that is committed by force or fear or mental or physical incapacitation, including through the use of alcohol or drugs. Sexual misconduct can vary in its severity and consists of a range of behavior, including rape, statutory rape (sexual contact with a person under 18 years old), sexual touching, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and conduct suggestive of attempting to commit any of the aforementioned acts.

    Engaging in any sexual activity, clear consent must be given.

    Rape - Rape is the sexual penetration (however slight) of the victim’s vagina, mouth, or rectum without consent. Rape involves penetration with (a) the use of force/fear or the threat of force/fear; or (b) with a person who is otherwise incapable of giving consent, including situations where the individual is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and this condition was or should have reasonably been known to the accused.

    Sexual Touching- Sexual touching, also known as sexual battery, is the act of making unwanted and sexually offensive contact (clothed or unclothed) with an intimate body part of another person or action, which causes immediate apprehension that sexual touch will occur. Intimate body parts include sexual organs, the anus, the groin, breasts or buttocks of any person. Sexual touching includes situations in which the accused engages in the contacts described with a person who is incapable of giving consent.

    Sexual Exploitation- Sexual exploitation is the taking advantage of a non-consenting person or situation for personal benefit or gratification or for the benefit of anyone other than the alleged victim; and the behavior does not constitute rape, sexual touching or sexual harassment. Sexual exploitation includes, but is not limited to:

  • Photographing or making audio or video recordings of sexual activity without consent;
  • Dissemination of images or recordings without consent of the participant(s);
  • Allowing others to observe sexual activity without the knowledge or consent of the partner;
  • Voyeurism (peeping tom);
  • Knowingly transmitting a sexually transmitted infection or HIV to another student;
  • Prostituting another person;
  • Giving alcohol or other drugs to another student with the intention of rending him or her incapable of giving consent.
  • Sexual Harassment- Sexual Harassment is any unwelcome sexual conduct or behavior that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment. A comprehensive list of prohibited behaviors can be found in the Tiger Lore.

    Stalking- Stalking is prohibited. It is willful, malicious and repeated following of a person or harassing behaviors against another person, putting the person in reasonable fear for his or her personal safety, or the safety of his or her family. This includes use of notes, mail, gifts, communication technology (e.g. voicemail, text messages, internet and social networking sites - using any electronic or telecommunication is also known as cyber-stalking) to harass or convey a threat. This offense may also be treated as a type of sexual misconduct in certain situations.

    Physical Assault/Battery - Physical assault or battery is prohibited. It is to touch or strike a person against his or her will or to threaten violence against that person.

    Dating/Relationship/Domestic Violence- Dating/Relationship/Domestic Violence is prohibited. This type of violence may be emotional, verbal, physical and/or sexual abuse by an intimate partner, family members or parties in a dating relationship.

    Theft - Theft is the unlawful and unauthorized removal of any personal property for ones own use.

    Threat of Harm – Conveyances of threats, which result in, or may result in, harm to any person by willful and deliberate means is prohibited.

    For other types of crimes please contact the Department of Public Safety at 209.946.2537.

    Victims of crime may experience many physical, cognitive, and emotional reactions as a result of the victimization. The time of onset and the duration of these symptoms will vary by individual.

    Here is a list of a few of the most common reactions a victim may experience.

    Physical Reactions:

  • Headaches
  • Stress related illnesses, such as nausea, diarrhea, and hives
  • Nightmares or trouble sleeping
  • Hyperactivity
  • Lethargy
  • Changes to ones appetite
  • Lowered immunity
  • Alcohol/Drug dependence
  • Cognitive Reactions

  • Decline in academics
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Memory loss of the event
  • Flashbacks of the event
  • Emotional Reactions

  • Anger or rage
  • Terror
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Emotional numbness
  • Social withdrawal
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • These reactions are considered normal after experiencing a traumatic event. There are many other reactions that are not listed.

    You do not have to go through the healing process alone. If you are experiencing any of these reactions seek help from Counseling Services (209.946.2315 x2).

    Office 209.946.2428
    Emergency 209.403.0250

    Counseling Services
     

    Additional Resources

    University of the Pacific Women's Resource Center
    Phone: 209.946.7707
    Email: womenscenter@pacific.edu

    San Joaquin Women's Center
    24-hour Helplines
    Domestic Violence: (209) 465-4878
    Sexual Assault: (209) 465-4997