In this section, you can learn about steps you can take and resources available if you have experienced sexual violence, advocacy services, frequently asked questions about VOICE Advocacy, reporting options, and ways to support a friend who is a victim-survivor. Sexual violence is an umbrella term that includes any unwanted sexual attention, contact, or activity without consent. VOICE assists anyone who has been impacted directly or indirectly at any point in their life by:
- Sexual assault, including any unwanted sexual contact
- Sexual Harassment
- Domestic Violence including family abuse, child physical and sexual abuse, and witnessing abuse
- Intimate Partner Violence, also referred to as Dating Violence, including reproductive coercion
- Stalking, including cyber-stalking and revenge porn
Survivor is a term used to describe those who have experienced sexual violence. Some individuals feel as though they are a victim and are still working through the trauma and shock of what happened to them. Others feel as though they have overcome or are working towards overcoming the trauma and shock of the violence, and therefore identify as survivors. Whether you identify as a victim, survivor or neither, know that there are resources and people to support you here at Georgia Tech.
Whether immediately after an experience or weeks, months, or even years later, a survivor may find themselves with various needs and concerns. VOICE provides resources and support for all Georgia Tech students who are victim-survivors of any form of sexual violence regardless of when or where the incident occurred. Friends and others supporting a survivor can also talk with VOICE. VOICE Advocates speak with survivors and supporters to explore options and resources and to discuss their experience and its impact on them. Although each survivor's situation is unique and this list is not exhaustive, VOICE offers the below support and services:
A safe and confidential resource for ongoing emotional support, safety planning, and referrals for counseling, support groups, legal and medical services, etc. Interpretation available upon request.
Explain and answer questions about medical options, including a sexual assault forensic exam and STI testing. VOICE can arrange transportation and accompany survivors.
Assist with requesting academic support, such as excused absences, extensions on assignments/ exams, withdrawals, and incompletes.
Explore reporting options, including Title IX and criminal justice process, no contact directives, temporary protective orders. VOICE can accompany survivors to meetings/court.
Explore community and campus funding resources for expenses related to the victimization or safety.
Support with relocation, switching residence halls, advocacy for early lease termination, and applying for emergency housing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will VOICE report the incident to the police or to the Institute?
No. VOICE Advocates are designated as confidential, which means any information disclosed to them will not be revealed to anyone, including Title IX or law enforcement, without the student’s explicit permission. Click here for VOICE's Survivor Rights and Options Handout and here for our EU General Data Protection Regulation Privacy Notice.
Will VOICE Advocates help and support me if I choose not to report?
Yes. VOICE Advocates provide affirming, empowering, and confidential support for survivors and bring a non-judgmental approach to exploring all options and resources. VOICE Advocates believe that it is always the survivor’s decision to pursue any of the available resources or to report an incident to the police or the Institute. VOICE is here to help you navigate your options, provide you with support, connect you with resources on-campus or within the community.
Does VOICE work only with survivors who are women?
No. VOICE serves students of all gender identities who have experienced any form of sexual violence. See Communities We Serve for more information. Sexual Violence can happen to anyone regardless of their gender identity and/or expression, or the gender of the person responsible for the violence. VOICE understands that social attitudes and stereotypes about men and masculinity may cause men who have experienced sexual violence to feel invalidated or even emasculated or make it more difficult for men to seek help. VOICE is here to support you.
Does VOICE work with survivors whose experience occurred off campus?
Yes. VOICE serves students who have experienced any form of sexual violence, regardless of when or where the incident occurred. We work with students when the incident happened on or off campus, when the person responsible is a student or not affiliated, and when the incident happened while they were a student or before they were a student at Tech. We work with survivors who experienced sexual violence while abroad, while at internships, over breaks from school, or with their families of origin. VOICE is here to provide support and explore resources and options.
Is there a limit on how many times I can meet with a VOICE Advocate?
No. VOICE understands that each survivor has unique needs and there is no limit to the number of times you meet with a VOICE Advocate. Some students meet with a VOICE Advocate one time to explore options and resources and other students prefer regular advocacy meetings. It is also common for new concerns or issues to come up in subsequent semesters and for survivors to reconnect for additional support. Talk to a VOICE Advocate to develop an individual plan that meets your needs going forward.
Can VOICE support friends of the survivor too?
Yes. VOICE Advocates provide support to secondary survivors as well. A secondary survivor is a friend, family member, co-worker, or partner of someone who has experienced sexual violence. Because they care about the survivor, it affects them as well. They may experience anger, guilt, disbelief, confusion, sadness or any number of other feelings. Their responses and feelings about the incident are real and valid. It is also common for survivors to become someone to whom their friends disclose. They might not know how to help their friend and want someone to talk to in order to learn what they can do. This link for how to support a victim-survivor and this link for self-care for survivors and supporters may also help. Reach out to VOICE to talk about how to help your friend and the impact sexual violence has on those who care about a victim-survivor.