During Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) this April, LMU CARES (Campus Awareness Resource Education Services) shares resources to support those who have experienced sexual or interpersonal misconduct. View the on and off-campus resources here.
LMU offers an array of resources and services to assist you if you have experienced sexual or interpersonal misconduct. Do not blame yourself, and do not be afraid to ask for help. If you are the victim of sexual assault, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or any other form of sexual or interpersonal misconduct, the university will support you and connect you to the care that you need while ensuring that you know your options and your rights during a difficult time. You do not have to go through the experience alone.
Confidential Resources On-Campus
Title IX allows universities to identify “responsible employees” as those obligated to report all details of an incident of sexual or interpersonal misconduct, including the identities of those involved, to the Public Safety Department whenever that information is brought to the employee. Public Safety will notify the Title IX Coordinator when a report has been filed. Responsible employees include faculty, administrative staff, and some student staff.
However, responsible employees do not include the following confidential staff:
- Professional and Licensed Counselors – such as the psychologists at Student Psychological Services, are not required to report any information regarding an alleged sexual misconduct or interpersonal misconduct;
- Pastoral Counselors – such as Catholic priests, ordained pastors, and rabbis, are not required to report any information regarding an alleged sexual misconduct or interpersonal misconduct without consent from the student, provided they receive the information in performance of their pastoral duties. To receive confidential pastoral counseling from Campus Ministry, you may request to speak with a Jesuit, woman religious or ordained pastor in performance of their ministry duties.
- Student Health Services (SHS) Staff – such as doctors and nurse practitioners at SHS, are not required to report any information regarding an alleged sexual misconduct or interpersonal misconduct without consent from the student. SHS staff will be required to report signs of physical or sexual abuse to the L.A. Police Department; however, the reporting student is not required to file a report with law enforcement.
- The Rape Treatment Center at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica (RTC) – open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. RTC provides general medical treatment and collection of evidence, and provides long-term counseling support for victims of sexual assault and sexual violence as well as advocacy and accompaniment services.
- Los Angeles Rape and Battering Hotline – a support service where staff and volunteers are available to provide emotional support, advocacy, information, and referrals. The hotline is operated by Peace Over Violence, a community-based and volunteer centered organization. Phone: 310.392.8381.
- Los Angeles County Stalking Hotline – The “Love Me Not” Anti-Stalking Program is a 24-hour hotline offered by the L.A. County District Attorney’s office to assist victims of stalking. Phone: 877.622.0044
- Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Hotline – helps victims find a safe way out of abusive environments. This toll-free service routes Southern California victims of domestic violence directly to local trained personnel. Phone: 800.978.3600
- YWCA Greater Los Angeles – offers sexual assault survivors the support they need and extends this support to family and friends. The program also provides information on rape trauma and refers survivors to appropriate medical, legal, and social services. Phone: 323.296.0920 and 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 877. 943.5778.