Sexual Violence

UWF Wellness Services intervenes on a broad spectrum of violent behaviors, including sexual assault, relationship abuse, stalking and harassment.


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Mission

We offer a variety of violence prevention and bystander intervention programs, events, and educational campaigns to the UWF campus. We support students who have been victimized, as well as those affected by someone else's experience with abuse or assault, by connecting them to Counseling & Psychological Services, the Dean of Students Office, the Rape Crisis Center, and other coordination with both on-campus and off-campus resources. Our goal is to create a community centered approach to prevent and end sexual violence with a supportive campus environment for survivors. Additional information about outreach events and programs related to sexual violence prevention, including our annual Take Back the Night (TBTN) and Rock Out the Red Zone events can be found on our UWF Peer Educators' Facebook page.

Our Goals

  • Prevent and reduce violent behavior.
    • Increase students' awareness of and ability to identify issues of rape and sexual violence
    • Increase awareness of and ability to navigate issues of consent and healthy and unhealthy relationships
    • Increase individuals' capacity to recognize and intervene through bystander intervention trainings
  • Promote examining cultural factors that are implicated in violence.
  • Create a supportive campus environment for survivors.
  • Actively engage with the University and Division of Student Affairs in achieving the goal of a safe, accessible, and healthy campus environment and sufficient resources.

How to Help

Guidelines for Helping after an Assault

  • DO believe them let them know it's not their fault
  • DO respect boundaries by giving your friend or loved one personal comfort space
  • DO listen to what they feel comfortable sharing
  • DO ask them how they'd like you to help
  • DO provide information about how to connect with Counseling & Psychological Services and offer to come along
  • DO allow them to make personal decisions about how to proceed
  • DO support their choices, even if you disagree with them
  • DO offer to connect them with the Dean of Students Office if they are experiencing academic problems as a result of experiencing a sexual assault
  • DO connect them with Lakeview's Rape Crisis Center for support and guidance (850-433-7273)
  • DON'T assume you can give a hug or sit too closely to them
  • DON'T make statements or ask questions that imply it's their fault (e.g. "You shouldn't drink so much")
  • DON'T ask for details!
  • DON'T assume you know what would be best for them
  • DON'T tell them what to do (e.g. "You have to report this")
  • DON'T be judgmental if they respond differently than you'd prefer. It is very normal for victims to decide not to report or to delay seeking counseling
  • DON'T tell someone else's private story. If you are upset yourself and need someone to talk to, please contact Counseling & Psychological Services.


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Resources

  • Call Counseling & Psychological Services at (850) 474-2420 to make an appointment to speak to a counselor.
  • Call the Dean of Student Services at (850) 474-2384 to get connected for support related to academics, counseling or reporting. They will never a make you do anything you don't want to do. They are on your side, helping you through this process.
  • Call Lakeview's Rape Crisis Center at (850) 469-3800 to set up an appointment with a counselor.
  • Call the local Victim's Services hotline at (850) 433-7273 for 24/7 support.Visit RAINN's Online Support Hotline.
  • Want national statistics and support? Visit RAINN to get more information.
  • Were you a victim of or did you witness a bias incident? Please see our new Bias Response Team web site to learn what to do!

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