University of Minnesota Services

This week I will be discussing what specifically University of Minnesota is doing to prevent sexual assault on campus and what student groups are available as well as services they offer if such assault occurs.

The Aurora Center Advocacy & Education is one of the primary sources here on campus which provides many services addressing sexual assault. Its mission is to deliver free and confidential services to everyone at the University of Minnesota, build partnerships between The Aurora Center and other departments on campus, and create awareness around sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and oppression. They also provide meaningful volunteer and leadership opportunities. They are located in Appleby Hall suite 117(128 Pleasant St. S.E. Minneapolis, MN 55455) as well as in St. Paul located in Boynton St. Paul Clinic, 1st floor Coffey Hall (1420 Eckles Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108)

Some of their services they provide is counseling which consist of a 24 hour/7 day helpline. They have a telephone or walk-in advocacy services that provide options or referrals. They also provide a supportive, confidential, and safe environment, in which they respect the survivor’s decision whether or not to report their victimization to the authorities. They provide a short term crisis counseling/ intervention. They have weekly on-campus support groups for University of Minnesota and Augsburg students who have experienced sexual assault or relationship violence. They also provide on-going supportive follow-up services. The list doesn’t end here. They also have services for victims addressing academics, medical, housing, university and legal services. Below is a more detailed chart describing all the services that they offer.

The Aurora Center offers student groups for people who are survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence. The purpose of these support groups is to offer information, options, support, relaxation, stress reduction exercises, and learn how trauma impacts the day to day struggles for students. The group offers students who have been victimized a safe and welcoming environment for each member to learn and grow from each other’s road to recovery. Below is list of when and what time the groups meet.

The last thing the Aurora center offers for students is information on sexual assault. This website is a great place to go just to find out more about the issue and to get a better understanding of the problem at hand.

Sexual assault isn’t something that occurs and everything is okay the next day. It has long lasting effects on that person and can scar them for life. As students of University of Minnesota, we are lucky to have such a resource available to us. We should take the time to learn all we can about not only the risks of sexual assault, but also about the Aurora Center itself. If we can keep someone from becoming a victim, it is time well served. If a sexual assault would happen to you or someone close to you, make sure to take advantage of all of the resources the center has to offer.

Next week I will be talking about the effects that sexual assault can have on the victim such as mental health effects like depression, PTSD, and substance abuse.

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