Confidential Advocacy Program

OHSU is committed to providing a safe, welcoming and inclusive and environment for all students

The Confidential Advocacy Program provides support services to OHSU learners who have experienced any form of sexual misconduct: sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, or stalking, whether at OHSU or outside the university.

Types of Services CAP Provides:

  • Emotional Support and Safety Planning: CAP believes you, is here for you, and can help you explore ways to increase your emotional and physical safety.
  • Education and Information: CAP can help you learn about different options and services available, while supporting your right to autonomy and choice.
  • Systems Navigation: CAP can be your guide and support if you decide to report to AAEO or Public Safety.
  • Academic Support: CAP can help faculty and administrators understand the challenges and academic impacts a survivor may face after a traumatic event, advocate for students rights, and help to implement academic support measures.

CAP offers survivors a place where they can feel safe and supported. Our advocates are here to help you find answers and make informed choices about your next steps. Call us at 833-495-CAPS (2277) to speak with an advocate today.

After an experience with sexual misconduct, it is natural to have feelings of confusion. Many people have doubts and lingering questions about what they have experienced, questions such as

How do I know if what I’ve experienced is sexual misconduct?

This is a very common question. Sexual misconduct is such a broad term, and encompasses several different types and patterns of behaviors, such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. It can be committed by anyone against anyone, irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or social status. If you have a strong feeling that something is wrong, do not ignore your instincts. Check out our definitions page for more information

Who is a survivor?

If you have experienced any type of sexual misconduct, you are a survivor. Some people may not identify with this term, and that is all right. Whether your experience was one time or is ongoing, dealing with it and healing from it can take time. CAP advocates understand this, and are here to help. 

Why did this happen to me?

It can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation. You are not to blame, and you are not alone. CAP advocates are here to help you. 

For more, see our FAQs page.

You have choices

CAP advocates can inform you of your rights and the options that are available to you but they will not tell you what to do. You are in control. You decide what your next steps will be and CAP will support you in your decisions.

You have support

CAP advocates provide emotional support for survivors. They assist with crisis intervention and safety planning, and provide information about available resources, including academic and social services. CAP provides these services whether or not survivors choose to proceed with reporting. See our CAP Services page for more information.