Welcome to Sacramento State's "We Care. We Will Help" website, the sexual violence awareness resource for students, employees, and campus visitors. Here you will find the information, tools and means to keep your learning and work environment safe and enjoyable. We are committed to ensuring a safe setting for our campus community.
Sexual misconduct is a serious offense that violates fundamental rights and personal dignity. We offer numerous support and reporting options for victims of sexual harassment and sexual violence. Even if you aren't a victim, you can help by reporting such incidents.
Join us in keeping Sac State safe for everyone. Remember: We Care. We Will Help.
William "Skip" Bishop
Director of Equal Opportunity
Sacramento State Title IX Coordinator
Confidential support and advocacy services are available 24 hours a day for victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking. We will help survivors review their options for reporting the crime and assist in making a report, if desired.
We will help with obtaining medical and counseling services, and restraining orders, and we can coordinate victim services both on and off campus. Remember: We Care. We Will Help.
For confidential support during regular business hours:
Student Health and Counseling Services
For confidential support after hours:
WEAVE (916) 920-2952
Sacramento State is a leader in awareness efforts
The University has been at the forefront of sexual violence awareness and victim advocacy for many years. Sacramento State continues its commitment to maintaining a safe campus.
In 2000, Sac State became the first of the 23 California State University campuses to hire a dedicated Victim Advocate.
In 2005, Sac State introduced the CSU system's first sexual misconduct policy.
In 2014, the University's Title IX Sexual Violence Awareness Team made its debut. The interdepartmental team monitors the implementation of Title IX compliance for our campus and is led by the Title IX coordinator.
The "We Care. We Will Help" campaign was introduced at the start of the 2014-15 academic year. In the first two months after launch, the Victim Advocate saw 26 student clients, compared with the 18 she helped during the entire Fall 2013 semester and the 22 in Fall 2012. One student approached a Title IX investigator for help with an incident after seeing a "We Care. We Will Help" poster.
Sac State's Crisis Intervention Team debuted in 1996. In November 2014, the team elevated its efforts to prevent campus violence by hiring its first case manager/coordinator. Students, faculty, and staff may contact her if someone on campus makes them feel uncomfortable.
Since 2010, incoming students have been required to watch and be tested on a sexual assault tutorial. They must score 75 percent or better to register for future classes.
Incoming athletes and most of the Greek life community voluntarily undergo annual sexual violence awareness training. Residence hall advisors and peer health educators receive similar training.
Associated Students Inc. (ASI) signed a resolution against sexual violence in 2013. Lauren Lombardo, the 2014-15 ASI president, signed the White House initiative "It's On Us" on behalf of Sac State.
In 2014, the Women's Resource Center created the "Men Who Ask" campaign designed to encourage fraternity men to take an active role in preventing sexual assault. Some members of the United Sorority and Fraternity Council, along with the Latino Greek Council, received bystander intervention training and served on an educational panel focused on the Greek community, bystander intervention, and consent.
Alpha Chi Omega's annual Luminary Project raises awareness about domestic violence.
Sac State's Air Force ROTC cadets have undergone awareness training provided by Travis Air Force Base's Sexual Assault Response Coordinators.
Domestic/dating violence awareness was the theme of the 2014 Hornet Homecoming football game and a women's basketball game in 2015.
The Sacramento State Police Department provides the Hornet Safety Escort service on campus after dark.
More than 130 emergency phones scattered throughout campus and at the Upper Eastside Lofts are marked with high-visibility blue lights.
ASI’s Safe Rides is free and operates 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday during the academic year, with a valid One Card. (916) 278-8294 or www.asi.csus.edu/saferides
The Hornet Night Shuttle, a program of University Transportation & Parking Services (UTAPS), provides rides to all campus locations between 6 and 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the academic year. (916) 278-7260 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento State is obligated to keep our campus safe for everyone
violence through videos with Sac State student leaders.
The University takes all complaints of sexual misconduct seriously and offers compassionate support to anyone in the campus community who becomes the victim of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating or domestic violence, stalking or retaliation.
Such acts are illegal and violate the policies of Sacramento State and the California State University (CSU). Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education.
In 2014, California became the first state to enact "yes means yes" legislation. Under the law, the definition of consent requires "an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity."
In October 2000, Sacramento State became the first of the 23 CSU campuses to hire a dedicated Victim Advocate. Victim assistance and counseling are available around the clock through the University's Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS).
Title IX states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." The law protects people from discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.
The types of discrimination covered under Title IX include sexual harassment, the failure to provide equal opportunity in athletics and discrimination based on pregnancy. Title IX is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
Sexual violence is a physical sexual act perpetrated against someone's will or when the victim is incapable of giving consent. It may include physical force, threats or intimidation, ignoring the other person's objections, causing someone to become intoxicated with alcohol or drugs, and taking advantage of anyone who is incapacitated, even if that person is voluntarily intoxicated.
Silence or a lack of resistance does not constitute consent. Under the 2014 "yes means yes" legislation, someone who is drunk, drugged, unconscious or asleep cannot grant consent.
Dating violence, which is a form of domestic violence, is the abuse committed by someone who is or has been in a social, dating, spousal, cohabitation or similar relationship with the victim.
Sexual and dating violence are NEVER the fault of the person harmed, no matter the circumstances or relationship.
Call 911 immediately if you or someone you know is victimized by anyone - a stranger, an acquaintance or an intimate partner. You also may use one of the University's incident-reporting options, listed on this website. Any Sacramento State student or employee who is found in violation of the University's sexual misconduct policy may face disciplinary and civil and/or criminal legal action, whether the incident occurred on campus or elsewhere.
Using alcohol or drugs NEVER makes the victim at fault for sexual violence.
A Sacramento State student or employee who becomes a victim of sexual violence may be afraid to report the incident, fearing he or she could be disciplined for related violations of drug, alcohol or other University policies. Except in extreme circumstances, victims of sexual violence are not subject to discipline for such violations.
Victims of sexual violence are encouraged to talk about the incident to get the needed support and so that the University can respond appropriately.
Most faculty and staff must report incidents of sexual misconduct to Sacramento State's Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO), home of the University's Title IX coordinator.
The University offers many options for confidential reporting. The counselors, medical providers and the Victim Advocate in Student Health and Counseling Services are not required to report incidents to the OEO but can assist victims in notifying police and/or the Title IX coordinator.
Sacramento State Police are required to report incidents of sexual violence to the OEO but can keep victims' names confidential, if requested. Police also can provide transportation to a safe place and to a hospital or a sexual-assault response center for a medical examination.
The campus Title IX coordinator will provide invaluable information about victims' rights, options and possible remedies, and can make referrals to a sexual-assault counselor or advocate.
It is a victim's right to have a friend, family member, sexual assault advocate or other representative present while reporting an incident. Victims also have the right to have a sexual assault counselor and support person of their choice present during a rape examination.
Victims also have the right to decide who and when to tell about sexual violence. However, it's critical to seek medical attention after an assault.
All employees, other than physicians, licensed and sexual assault counselors and the Victim Advocate, must report incidents of sexual violence to the Title IX coordinator. And to the extent possible, that information will be shared only with individuals responsible for handling the University's response to the incident. Sacramento State will protect victims' privacy except as otherwise required by law or University policy.
The University does not require victims to participate in any investigation or disciplinary proceeding unless they wish to. And the University generally will not notify parents or legal guardians unless the victim is under age 18 or provides the University with written permission to do so.
- Trust your feelings. If it feels wrong, it probably is.
- Be aware. Does your partner demean you, follow you, send unwanted messages or gifts, force you to have sex when you don’t want to, or say it’s your fault when he or she hits you and then promises it won’t happen again - but it does?
- Be assertive. Speak up.
- Stay sober. Be wary of anyone who tries to get you drunk or high.
- Clearly communicate limits.
- Never leave a party with someone you don’t know well and trust.
- Learn all you can about sexual violence prevention, and talk with your friends. Help them stay safe.
- Call 911 if you’re in any kind of emergency, immediate harm or threat of harm.
- No one deserves to be sexually assaulted, stalked or victimized in any way.
- Report incidents of violence (including coercion) to law enforcement and campus authorities.
- Discuss sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking with friends. Speak out against violence and clear up misconceptions.
- Don’t engage in any behavior that may be considered sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or any other form of violence.
- Don’t mistake submission or silence for consent.
- Never use force, coercion, threats, alcohol or other drugs to engage in sexual activity.
- Take responsibility for your actions.
- Avoid alcohol and other drugs.
- Remember that “yes means yes.” There must be an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.
- Go to a safe place as soon as possible.
- Preserve evidence.
- Report the incident to Sacramento State Police or local law enforcement.
- Call a friend or family member.
- Call the Sacramento State Victim Advocate.
- Report the incident to the campus Title IX coordinator.
- Call a domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking hotline.
- Understand that you are not at fault. You aren’t responsible for someone else’s violent behavior.