Sac State’s new victim advocate aims to ‘empower survivors’
Sacramento State has a longstanding commitment to prevent, respond to, and resolve incidents of sexual violence and sexual harassment – and it’s a mission that the University’s new victim advocate, Hailey Vincent, embraces with passion.
“I’m so lucky to have come into this position at a university that has put so much value on it,” Vincent says. “It shows how eager Sac State is to help survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking. … My role, more than anything, is to empower survivors and be a resource for them.”
Vincent is the second person to serve as victim advocate at Sacramento State, which pioneered the role in the California State University system in 2000 and, in 2005, became the first in the 23-campus system to write a sexual misconduct policy. In 2014, Sac State deepened its commitment by introducing the “We Care. We Will Help” campaign.
Vincent’s passion for the work she’s undertaking at Sac State was fueled as a volunteer at a local nonprofit, WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment). “Getting involved at WEAVE made me realize that it’s not about making a big difference in the world,” she says. “It’s about trying to make small differences in the community – the small, impactful differences I could make in survivors’ lives.”