SOAR (Sexual violence Outreach, Awareness, and Response)

The SOAR Office works to prevent and reduce the traumatic impact of sexual assault, dating and relationship violence, and stalking at St. John’s University.

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.

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COVID-19 Update

We are still here to help! SOAR staff are working and meeting with students and others by phone and through video conferencing.

If you would like to meet with someone from SOAR, please call the Campus Support Advisor at 718-990-8484. Voicemails will be responded to within two business days. If you need to talk with someone after hours, or for an urgent matter, please call our 24/7 Mental Health Helpline at 718-990-6352.

Social distancing and quarantine can make it easier for perpetrators to isolate survivors from resources and support. Isolation and economic hardship can create circumstances where a survivor’s safety is compromised. A survivor may need to change their existing safety plan accordingly. Especially under the current circumstance it is very important for survivors to be able to connect with friends and allies while still practicing social distancing. Stay connected to your friends and reach out to connect!

A safety plan is a personalized plan that can help survivors of domestic violence avoid and respond to dangerous situations. Talk to a Campus Support Advisor about your current safety plan during COVID-19 by calling 718-990-8484 and leaving a voicemail. If speaking over the phone feels unsafe, you can also reach out to the Campus Support Advisor by sending an email to [email protected] to schedule a safe time to talk. You may also seek support in developing your safety plan from the National Domestic Violence Hotline by calling 1-800-799-7233 or via chat at


SOAR provides education for all students about sexual violence and administers the online education course called Sexual Assault Prevention for all incoming students. Sexual Assault Prevention 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.

It's On Us

It's on us to stop sexual assault.

Today, it's estimated that one in five women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted. Just 12% of those assaults are reported.

It's on all of us to change that. Take the pledge to be part of the solution at

When you take a stand, you're recognizing that nonconsensual sex is sexual assault.

You're saying you'll identify situations in which sexual assault may occur, and you're saying you'll intervene when it does.

You're committing to help create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and in which its survivors are supported.

Because we'll only move forward when every single one of us fully understands and owns the stake we have in this fight.

Add your name, join the fight, and let's move forward together.

Join the Movement

Be a change agent on campus, register for sexual violence prevention training!  Together we can make St. John’s University a great place to be!

Sign up for a Bystander Intervention Training

We need your help. Join the bystander intervention movement on campus and make your community a safer place. Attend a bystander intervention workshop to be equipped to intervene in a harmful situation while keeping yourself and your friends safe. It’s On Us, all of us, to be a part of the solution.

Bystander Intervention Leadership Training

Knowing YES!

An affirmative consent campaign at St. John’s University.

In an effort to decrease sexual assault incidents, students are practicing affirmative consent. Affirmative consent is defined as a knowing, voluntary and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity.

Consent can be given by words or actions as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent.

The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

But what does consent look like in real life situations? It means everyone is experiencing pleasure and feels safe during intimate moments including hugs and kisses to sexual intercourse.

To this end, the Knowing YES! Program empowers students to think about what their “yes” is and what they expect out of their relationships. By defining their own yes, students are more likely to communicate that with their partners and respect their partner’s wishes.

By dissecting the definition of affirmative consent and reviewing the policy in regards to alcohol and other drugs participants will be ready to practice consent and will respond appropriately when advances may be resisted.

Join our student body in making affirmative consent and everyday part of their lives.

Sign up for Knowing Yes!

Join your peers to learn about affirmative consent. By registering for this interactive program, you are committing to making St. John’s a safer space for everyone by gaining knowledge on what affirmative consent is and how to implement it.

Sign up for Knowing Yes!

Need Help Regarding Sexual Assault?

If you ever need assistance regarding sexual assault, please click here.