The WRC is here to serve all students who have been affected by sexual violence of any kind. Sexual violence is behavior that is unwanted and/or nonconsensual, and has the purpose or effect of producing harm. It includes behavior along a continuum of severity, from offensive talk to physical violence, including but not limited to rape. Underlying the continuum are the beliefs and attitudes that justify or normalize sexual violence.
Sexual violence does not occur solely between specific types of people or in specific places; incidents of sexual misconduct can happen to anyone, regardless of sex, gender, age, ethnicity, class, religion, sexual orientation, clothing, demeanor, relationship status, or any other choice or identity. Regardless of who you are, where you are, what you do, or what you have done in the past, sexual violence is never your fault. The only person who is ever at fault for sexual violence is the perpetrator.
The WRC's Interpersonal Violence Advocate is available to support any student who would like to know more about their options for resources and support. To reach the Advocate, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-725-5672. If you would like to speak to an Advocate after hours, plase call the Portland Women's Crisis Line at 503-235-5333.