Victim advocacy and support

The University of Washington offers free advocacy and support for students and employees affected by sexual assault, relationship violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment and other related experiences. Advocacy is a safe and confidential starting point for University of Washington students and employees affected by these issues. Meeting with an advocate will not automatically trigger any kind of investigation by the University or the police.

 

What to expect

  • Share as much or as little information as you would like to share.
  • Learn about common reactions to sexual assault, relationship violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment, trauma and other experiences.
  • Discuss resources for medical care.
  • Discuss how you can take care of yourself and heal through counseling options, stress reduction techniques, support groups and/or other resources.
  • Make a safety plan. Learn more about safety planning.
  • Learn about your rights and reporting options.
  • Discuss making a report to the University through the Title IX Investigation Office or the University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office (UCIRO). The advocate is available to help support you through this process.
  • Discuss making a report to the police. The advocate is available to help support you through this process.
  • Learn about protection orders.
  • Discuss how your experience may have affected work or school and how the advocate can help by working with your professors.
  • Learn about other resources in the community and at the UW.
  • Make a holistic plan for managing and reducing the impact of this experience at the UW.
 

Advocate contact information

Rosemary Simmons, Ph.D. headshot

Rosemary Simmons, Ph.D.
UWBVAE@uw.edu
425-352-3851
UW1-080C

Rosemary Simmons, Ph.D. career has focused on working with individuals who have experienced trauma in their life. She has worked as a sexual assault emergency response counselor and advocate and domestic violence counselor in university and community based organizations.  Rosemary has completed domestic violence and sexual assault certification training and was the Director of Southern Illinois University Women’s Services and SIU Counseling Center prior to coming to University of Washington Bothell four years ago.

As the Interim Victim Advocate and Educator for UW-Bothell I am available to assist students who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment and relationship violence. Together we can create safety plans, collaborate with faculty to ensure academic success, and engage with community partners as the student wishes. The ME TOO movement has brought increased awareness to the issue of power-based personal violence. However for the many of us who have been a victim of sexual and relationship violence we already knew this is an all too often unspoken experience that we have had to carry on our own. I hope you will provide me the opportunity to accompany you on your journey and begin the path of not carrying this on your own.

I also provide support group for sexual assault survivors and workshops on topics such as healthy relationships, sexual consent, and bystander intervention. Please contact me if you would like me to present to your club or during your class.