ASAP has two Peer Advocates on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the academic year (August - May), and during the summer. Advocates are available to speak with sexual assault survivors and concerned others during times of crisis, accompany survivors and concerned others to seek medical assistance, and to assist survivors in proceeding through the criminal justice and administrative systems.
Crisis Response & Advocacy
ASAP advocates offer crisis response and advocacy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the academic year (August - May) and during the summer. This means that in addition to survivors coming to our office, we can meet with survivors elsewhere, such as at the hospital, police station, Office of Institutional Equity & Compliance, or their residence hall.
We provide advocacy services, which means we can assist survivors in navigating systems such as reporting to law enforcement or the University. We also offer resources & options, help ensure survivors' rights, and assist survivors in creating individualized safety plans. Our empowerment-based advocacy is survivor-centered, trauma-informed, and confidential.
Academic Intervention Letters
ASAP works with survivors, faculty, and the Dean of Students to facilitate the recovery of the survivors with as minimal an impact on their academic achievement as possible. With the written permission of a survivor, ASAP will send out a letter to the survivor's professors to inform them that their student is dealing with a traumatic experience and we encourage them to work with the student to ensure their academic success. We do not disclose specific details of a survivor's personal experiences in the letter. ASAP does not have control over what accommodations the professors will choose to make. However, UNC faculty are committed to supporting survivors in achieving their academic goals and the intervention letters have helped many survivors stay in school and graduate who may have otherwise dropped out.
Educational Materials & Library
ASAP provides a variety of brochures, handouts, and information on various forms of gender-based violence and resources. Our office also houses a resource library available to the campus community that includes books, videos, articles, and handouts on topics related to gender-based violence.
ASAP presents educational programs throughout the academic year for residence halls, academic courses, Greek organizations, athletic teams, and student organizations. Programs focus on sexual assault prevention, the services provided by ASAP, how to respond sensitively to someone who has been assaulted, and what to do if you are assaulted. Schedule a workshop today!
ASAP provides training on how to respond to someone who has been sexually assaulted. This training is designed for staff who work directly with students, and are in positions where disclosures are likely. These groups include residence hall staff, faculty, and campus staff.
Peer Advocate Training
Each fall and spring ASAP conducts Peer Advocate Training, in which approximately 6 to 12 student volunteers are recruited, screened, and trained. The 40 hours of training provides an in-depth examination of the effects of sexual assault, crisis intervention, medical and legal processes relating to sexual assault, and services available to support survivors. Continuing education is provided twice a month on a variety of topics relating to gender-based violence and advocacy services. This training is mandatory in order to become an ASAP advocate and the training fulfills state statute requirements for advocacy privileged communication.