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Confidential Advocates Now Available to Assist Students Affected by Partner Abuse, Harassment, Sexual Abuse, Stalking, or Violence

November 06, 2020
York College students have access to confidential advocates, thanks to the College's partnership with the York YWCA.

Starting this semester, York College has partnered with YWCA / Access York to bring to campus a Confidential Advocate.

For the fall semester, the YWCA York Advocates will be available in the morning from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. on the first and third Friday of the month in Humanities 162. For 24/7 support, there is a hotline that can be reached at 1-800-422-3204. The YWCA York Advocates will begin their time on campus starting October 16, 2020.

A YWCA Advocate can provide confidential support to students, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, creed, etc., who may be experiencing some form of verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, or other form of abuse from a dating partner, or someone that the student is intimately involved with. Services can also be provided when students experience stalking, sexual abuse, harassment or violence.

A YWCA York Advocate can help students to understand what options are available to them on and off campus. Some examples may be:

  • Counseling
  • Making a Report
  • Getting a Medical Exam
  • Or any other number of possible options

A YWCA York Advocate will NOT force a student to choose a specific option, but will provide support to students in making a decision. Students seeking support from a YWCA York Advocate are not required to make a report or commit to any services that have been explained.

Looking for more information? Contact York College's Office of Intercultural Student Life and Global Programming (ISLGP).