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Support, Advocacy, & Violence Prevention (SAVP) Advocates (formerly SART)

Support, Advocacy, & Violence Prevention (SAVP) Advocates (formerly SART) are trained Vassar faculty, administrators, and staff who are available 24/7 to provide survivor-centered advocacy and support for survivors of sexual assault, relationship abuse, and stalking. They will discuss your options with you, even if you are not ready to take any action. They will go over your rights, give you support, and make sure that you have as much control of the process as possible. They can also accompany you, if you wish, to access resources on or off campus. SAVP Advocates will let you make decisions based on what is safe and comfortable for you. 

SAVP Advocates are private resources on campus, which means that they do not have to let anyone know that you came forward for support or help, unless there is imminent danger or community safety concerns. However, if you would like to formally report an incident to the Title IX Office or law enforcement, an Advocate can assist you during that process. Advocates do fill out an anonymous report (without any identifying information) that is kept confidentially with the SAVP Office. 

SAVP Advocates can be reached by calling the Campus Response Center (CRC) at (845) 437-7333 and asking to speak to a SAVP Advocate. 

Upon initial contact with the CRC, the SAVP Advocate will be contacted and given your contact information to reach out to you. SAVP Advocates will call you back and will:

  • Introduce themselves and review confidentiality guidelines for the SAVP Office.
  • Ask you how they can support you and hold space for what you might want to share or process. 
  • Offer resources and referrals that you might use to address personal, medical, psychological, safety, and academic concerns related to the incident.
  • Offer to make initial contacts to connect you with resource providers and support services, both on and off campus.
  • Clarify distinctions between campus, civil, and criminal adjudication procedures and help you make contact with offices/agencies on or off campus, if you'd like to.
  • Remain in close contact with the SAVP Director and other SAVP Advocates to ensure a coordinated, timely, and appropriate support system for you.

2020-2021 Advocates: 

Arianna Schlegel (she/they), Library

Barbara Olsen (she/her), Faculty

Ben Lotto (he/him), Faculty

Capria Berry (they/them), Transitions Program

Carollynn Costella (she/her), Library

Erin Boss (she/her), SAVP Office

Eva Woods (she/they), Faculty

Gretchen Lieb (she/her), Library

Kerry Stamp (she/her), International Programs

Kevin Collins (he/him), Jeh Vincent Johnson ALANA Cultural Center

Lydia Murdoch (she/her), Faculty

Nicole Wong (she/her), SAVP Office 

Tracy Wright-Mauer (she/they), Library

Meet the Advocates!