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Support a Victim/Survivor

IMPORTANT INFORMATION DURING CAMPUS CLOSURE:

While the CSS campus has moved to an online format, please take the following steps to receive GEVA services, including advocacy and referrals.

  • Email geva@css.edu or use the referral form to contact a GEVA. A member of the GEVA team will reach out to contact you and set up an appointment via phone or zoom. Please note there will be no face-to-face GEVA meetings at this time
  • If you need immediate support, please contact PAVSA at 218-726-1931, RAINN at hotline.rainn.org for an online chat option, or The National Domestic Violence hotline at thehotline.org or 1-800-799-7233
  • If you are in need of support during a Title IX process, please contact geva@css.edu

If a friend or someone you know has experienced sexual and gender based violence, they may experience a variety of physical, emotional, and spiritual reactions. For some, the emotional impact of experiencing violence can be immediate and short-term. For others, the effects can be long lasting. Your friend or loved one may find it helpful to talk to a counselor or advocate about these feelings. 

You can help:

  • Listen & Validate
  • Believe and support a person to the best of your ability
  • Allow the victim/survivor to control the situation
  • Don't blame, shame, judge
  • Encourage the person to seek support for their healing
  • Let the person know they are not to blame and not alone. 
  • Be patient and empathetic

Take Care of Yourself:

  • Understand your own feelings
  • Know and respect your own limits
  • Don't be afraid to ask for outside help
  • Remember that it is not your fault

Reporting Options:

Equal Opportunity and NonDiscrimination Online Report Form (Title IX)
Online Title IX Report

In person or by phone/zoom with Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator

Contact Us:

Michelle Ruszat Klee
Violence Intervention and Prevention Coordinator
GEVA Member
Tower 2128
(218) 733-2227
mruszatklee@css.edu
geva@css.edu