Don’t blame yourself.
If you have experienced relationship abuse, stalking or sexual assault, remember that you are not alone. Studies show that people between the ages of 16 and 24 experience interpersonal violence more than any other age group. So if you’re in college, chances are that you know someone who can relate to what you're going through.
It’s incredibly hard to heal, learn and grow by yourself. Building relationships with others you can relate to will help you feel supported, regain your confidence, and learn the tools to rebuild a healthier life.
One way to build these relationships is to reach out. Talk to someone you trust – maybe a friend, roommate or mentor. Share your story with them. When you feel ready, reach out to a resource center or join a group that cultivates supportive relationships.
Support groups are offered at UCCS at no cost. To find out more, contact email@example.com.
The best way to empower yourself is to learn. Start to educate yourself about the causes, warning signs, and dynamics of abuse, sexual assault or stalking, and find different paths to solution.
Despite the pain you’ve gone through, the good news is you can channel your experience into something positive by giving back. Learn about different organizations in your community that work to prevent or intervene at all levels of interpersonal violence. Talk to someone at ROC. Find out how you can use your skills and your story to get involved and make a difference.
Helpful resources to start with:
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)
Stalking Resource Center
TESSA – Local Agency that serves survivors of dating and domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault