Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who are CAP advocates? 

A. Confidential Advocacy Program (CAP) advocates provide confidential emotional support to OHSU members who have experienced sexual misconduct., such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking or domestic violence. CAP advocates are here to listen and help to connect you to valuable campus and community resources such as counseling, legal, and academic resources. 

CAP advocates will offer support whether or not you choose to report your experience. If you choose to report, advocates will help you to navigate the process. We can also help with safety planning. Call us at 503-494-3256 or 833-495-CAPS (2277). 

Q. What can I talk to a CAP advocate about? 

A. CAP advocates are trained to deal with a wide range of issues surrounding sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and dating and or domestic violence. We are here to listen to your concerns without pressure or judgement.  

Q. Is it confidential? 

A. Yes. CAP advocates are a confidential resource. They will not disclose your personal information to anyone. They will only make exceptions to this if there is imminent danger to you or others. 

Q. Can I bring a friend with me when I come to speak with an advocate? 

A. Yes. We care about your comfort and security. You can bring someone you trust. 

Q. Is talking to a CAP advocate the same as filing a report? 

A. No. You can talk to an advocate about your experience but that is not the same as filing an official report with the university. CAP advocates can inform you about your reporting options, and will help you navigate the systems if you choose to report. 

Q. What if my experience with sexual misconduct wasn’t on campus? 

A. You can still come to CAP. Advocates are here to provide emotional support for experiences on and off campus. Also, if you are having a hard time dealing with an experience from your past, we can connect you to counseling resources and support groups. 

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

A. Sometimes people are not sure if what they experienced fits into the definitions of these words, please know that you do not have to categorize your experience right away or ever. If you experienced anything that was not consensual, if you felt coerced, if you felt you did not have the ability to say no, of if you are fearful for your safety you can access CAP services.

Q. Who is a survivor? 

A. If you have experienced any type of sexual misconduct, you are a survivor. In recent years, the term survivor has been used in place of “victim” as a term of empowerment. 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.    

Q. Why did this happen to me? 

A. 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. 


CAP advocates are available to help with your questions and concerns.

Call us at 503-494-3256 or 833-495-CAPS (2277).