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
Leah Henley, M.A.
Leah Henley, M.A. has spent eight years working with survivors of sexual and relationship violence as a counselor, case manager, supervisor, and advocate; working specifically with teenagers and young adults. I received my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and my undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Anthropology, focusing on marginalized populations in the United States. As Victim Advocate and Educator for UW-Bothell I am available to assist students who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing sexual assault 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. I am an alumnus and avid fan of Michigan State University. In my free time I enjoy anything Harry Potter or Game of Thrones related, eating pizza, and taking naps.
I also provide 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.