SOAR (Sexual violence Outreach, Awareness, and Response)
We do this through outreach with community stakeholders, raising awareness among our student population and by supporting victims through providing on and off campus resources.
SOAR provides education for all students about sexual violence and administers the online education course called Haven for all incoming students. Haven is an evidence-based engaging experience addressing the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment among students, faculty, and staff.
SOAR works with many community partners to provide students with the most current information as well as provide students with tailored services in New York City. We are excited to work with student leaders on providing trainings/workshops or co-sponsoring events on campus. In addition, SOAR strives to educate faculty and staff of their role and expectations to provide a seamless experience for our students. For more information, please see Faculty Toolkit: Be the Bridge.
SOAR believes everyone is affected when sexual violence occurs in our community. In order to raise awareness and prevent incidents SOAR hosts ongoing Bystander Intervention Trainings for the student body during the academic year as well as provides trainings for specific groups of students who want to be trained.
Join us in preventing sexual violence by learning about bystander intervention through our It’s On Us campaign. Sign up for a training online.
In addition to our ongoing trainings, SOAR hosts several awareness-raising events throughout the year, such as Take Back the Night and Turn Off the Violence Week.
It’s On Us, ALL OF US, to be part of the solution. Learn more about It’s On Us.
The SOAR office provides a Campus Support Advocate (CSA) as a confidential resource to any student who has been a victim of sexual violence. The CSA helps students recover from sexual violence by supporting the student through the institution’s response protocols, informing them of their options to report, and providing a survivor-centered space to talk. If preferred, the CSA may also connect students to off campus service providers.
Please contact the Campus Support Advocate by calling 718-990-8484.
Calls will be responded to within the next business day.
To learn more about reporting options, how to support a friend and/or the University’s response to sexual violence please visit Sexual Assault: You Are Not Alone.
If you or someone you know is sexually assaulted, Callisto can help you find support, process through what happened, and decide what to do next. If is OK if you aren’t ready to make any decisions. Callisto, stjohns.callistocampus.org helps you preserve evidence and details now so that you can keep your options open later.
When you are ready to take action, you can report directly through Callisto to the University or only if someone else identifies the same person.
For more information, please contact Hannah Artiles-Stravers, Director of SOAR.
Hannah Artiles-Stravers, MS