Get A Confidential Advocate
Confidential Advocates help all members of the Liberty University community who experience any form of prohibited conduct or are accused of prohibited conduct.
Confidential Advocates are Liberty University staff members committed to providing confidential, supportive services to residential, on-campus, and commuter students and employees who are victims or survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, dating/domestic violence, stalking, harassment (non-sexual), and discrimination.
They also provide confidential, supportive services to residential, on-campus, and commuter students and employees who are accused of prohibited conduct, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, dating/domestic violence, stalking, harassment (non-sexual), and discrimination.
Our Confidential Advocates are educated professionals from the LU Shepherd’s Office within the Office of Spiritual Development. They have a variety of ministerial backgrounds, including collegiate, church, and missions experience. They are trained in advocating for students and employees who are survivors of prohibited conduct or accused of prohibited conduct.
- Reporting Options (LUPD, OEC/Title IX, Hospital, etc.)
- Accompaniment (OEC, Hospital, LUPD, Court, etc.)
- Referrals (Counseling, Victim Witness, Local agencies, LU Professional Advising office, etc.)
- Relevant Information (LU Amnesty Policy (link to what is the amnesty policy), Victim’s Rights, investigative processes, etc.)
What Does Confidentiality Mean?
The Confidential Advocates will not disclose information received from a student or employee about prohibited conduct without the person’s permission. Victims/survivors of sexual misconduct or being accused of these prohibited behaviors is a significant emotional event. We are here to help.
Common Emotions and Reactions that Victims/Complainant Experience
- Feeling nervous, fearful, or anxious
- Feeling hopeless about the future, detached from others, and emotionally numb
- Fear of not being believed
- Having trouble concentrating
- Decreased interest in everyday activities
- Having outbursts of anger
- Emotional swings-crying then laughing
- Changes in sleeping or appetite
- Feeling ashamed, isolated, or unsure
Common Emotions and Reactions that the Accused/Respondent Experience
- Feeling surprised or disbelief
- Feeling angry/aggressive
- Anxious about the process
- Shame of what others may think
- Fear of impact on daily life and educational future
- Confusion about why they are being accused
- Feeling overwhelmed/panic