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Sexual Assault

Survivor Supportive Services Coordinator

The Survivor Support Services Coordinator is a staff member specially trained to assist students after sexual assault. They will meet with students impacted by sexual assault to discuss options available and to help them navigate those options. Through ongoing meetings, phone calls, and E-mails, the SSSC will provide guidance and assistance through every step of the process or until the student discontinues services. The SSSC acts only as a support in a time of crisis – they never make decisions or report the assault on behalf of the survivor.
Students who would like to meet with the SSSC should call the UCC at (504) 865-3835 to schedule an appointment. 

Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group

A space to connect, reflect, and heal. This groups meets on Mondays, from 12:30-1:30, starting on September 11th. To join contact Erin Shapiro, LPC.

Sexual Assault Response Training

Sexual Assault Response Training is a new initiative to help Loyola students, faculty, and staff become more aware about sexual assault and how to respond when someone discloses to them. SAR is divided into three modules, each with a specific focus:

Compassionate Responder: Listen, believe, respond, connect: how to respond when someone discloses that they are a survivor of sexual assault. This module includes facts about sexual assault, development of active listening skills, helpful ways to listen and respond when someone discloses to you, and information about resources both on and off campus you can connect the survivor with. This module includes practice with listening to disclosures and using empathic listening skills.

 Active Upstander: Going beyond the “active bystander”, this training module includes practical discussions of risky situations and how individuals can act as active upstanders to intervene. This module includes demonstrations, practice, and tips about how to handle resistance when intervening.

Change Agent: This module includes examples of rape culture and how individuals can work to change the culture. Active discussions about rape culture and examples of how to intervene when one sees rape culture being perpetuated are included in this module. This also includes demonstrations, practice, and tips about how to handle resistance when standing up to rape culture.

Each module takes 1 1/2 hours to complete, and participants will be provided with documentation of participation. If you are interested in SAR training, please contact the UCC at 504-865-3835 or

Women and Men Take Back the Night

This annual march against sexual violence has been co-sponsored by Loyola University New Orleans and Tulane University since 1990. The purpose of the march is to heighten awareness of sexual violence in our community and to empower survivors. The emotionally powerful evening begins with speakers who share their personal stories of rape, assault or domestic violence, and their journeys to healing and hope. The candlelit march proceeds from Loyola to Tulane, where others have the opportunity to speak out against sexual violence. This university-wide event is coordinated through the University Counseling Center. Contact Erin Shapiro, LPC at, for more information about this year's march or if you would like to volunteer to assist with coordinating this event.

Links & Resources

Not Alone
Information for students, schools, and anyone interested in finding resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses and in our schools. Click explore to find a crisis service, learn more about your rights and how to file a complaint, and view a map of resolved school-level enforcement activities.

Stop Sexual Assault
This site was started by a college student and sexual assault survivor. It provides resources and education targeted specifically for college students. 

STAR provides supportive services to survivors of sexual assault including individual counseling, group counseling, advocacy, and legal aid. They operate a 24-hour hotline which can be reached at 855-435-STAR.

New Orleans Family Justice Center
The New Orleans Family Justice Center offers various services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking including advocacy, individual and group counseling, and more. They can be reached at their 24-hour hotline at 504-866-9554.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

CALCASA works closely with rape crisis centers, government agencies, campuses, institutions, lawmakers, the criminal justice system, medical personnel, community-based organizations and business leaders providing a central resource for improving society's response to sexual violence by supplying knowledge and expertise on a wide range of issues.

The Metropolitan Center for Women and Children (MCWC) operates two programs: Metropolitan Battered Women's Program and SARA Center (Sexual Assault Recovery Assistance). The YWCA Rape Crisis Program can be reached at the following numbers, (504) 483-8888 and (504) 837-5400.