SSAC broadly defines Sexual and Interpersonal Violence (or SIPV) as behavior within a relationship that causes physical, psychological, financial or sexual harm to those in that relationship. It’s not your fault. The perpetrator is responsible for the assault, not the victim. The perpetrator can be a current or former partner, a friend, a family member, a leader/advisor, acquaintance, someone you’ve known for years or someone you just met.
Sexual and Interpersonal Violence can happen to anyone- regardless of age, race, gender, culture, sexual identity, what you are wearing, or your financial status.
Sexual and interpersonal violence disproportionately impacts women, black people, indigenous people, people of color , immigrants, undocumented people, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual/aromantic +people, people with disabilities, and people of intersecting marginalized identities.
The Student Support and Advocacy Center provides confidential supportive services to student victims of all forms of Sexual and Interpersonal Violence as well as serving as a linkage to campus and community resources.
SSAC can providing information and connection to resources regarding:
- Campus and community reporting options
- Medical resources
- Emotional support
- Safety planning
- Academic support
- Navigating additional challenges and needs
If you or someone you know is in need of resources and support regarding any sexual and interpersonal violence please call 703-993-3686 or complete this form to schedule a meeting. We are a confidential resource for students identifying as a survivor of Sexual and Interpersonal Violence.
24-Hour Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Crisis Line (703-380-1434) for those seeking support around sexual and interpersonal violence in partnership with Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services.
To learn more about Sexual and Interpersonal Violence, please review George Mason University’s definitions from our 1202 Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Interpersonal Violence Policy.
If you or someone you know is in need of resources and support regarding any sexual and interpersonal violence, please call 703-993-3686 or complete this form to request a meeting. We are a confidential resource for sexual and interpersonal violence.
Information shared with Confidential Resources (specially designated campus or community professionals) will only be disclosed with the individual’s express written permission, unless there is a continuing threat of serious harm to the client/student or to others or there is a legal obligation to reveal such information (e.g., where there is suspected abuse or neglect of a minor).
To connect someone you know to resources, please make a referral.
To learn more about how to be a positive bystander, please visit our help page.