Help is available.

Many students, staff and faculty have found PLU’s Advocacy Services to be a good starting point for getting the help they need. Advocates are trained and confidential.

PLU’s Advocates provide individuals with options and resources so they can make informed decisions about their situation. They offer a safe, private setting to talk with individuals who have questions or concerns about sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, or domestic violence. Those who speak with an advocate can share as much or as little information about their situation as they like.

PLU Professional Advocates

Magdalena Stickel

Assistant Director and Primary Confidential Advocate
AUC 156, 253-535-8204
Schedule an appointment with me here.
Or drop in to see me without an appointment, in person or virtual: Mondays 2pm-4pm or Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm.  For virtual drop-in appointments, email mks@plu.edu for meeting link.

Nicole Jordan, BSW, MPA

Center for Gender Equity Coordinator
253-535-8203
Schedule an appointment with me here.

Other Campus Resources

Health Center * 253-535-7337
Counseling Center * 253-535-7206
Campus Safety 253-535-7441
Campus Ministry * 253-535-7464
Residential Life 253-535-7200
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities 253-535-7195

* Confidential resource

24-hour Community Hotlines

Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County
253-474-7273
www.sexualassaultcenter.com

Pierce County Domestic Violence Hotline
253-798-4166
www.aplaceofhelp.com/

What is Sexual Assult?

Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.

-United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

From the Pacific Lutheran University Student Rights and Responsibilities:

“Sexual Misconduct is a broad term encompassing any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that is committed without Consent (as PLU defines it in this policy) and/or by force, intimidation, coercion or manipulation. As defined by PLU, the term Sexual Misconduct includes Non-Consensual Sexual IntercourseNon-Consensual Sexual ContactSexual HarassmentSexual Exploitation, and Sexual Intimidation. Sexual Misconduct can be committed by a person upon another regardless of gender, and it can occur between people of the same or different sex. It can occur between strangers or acquaintances, including people involved in a current or previous intimate or sexual relationship. Sexual Misconduct may vary in its severity and consists of a range of behavior.”

For more information, you can read the PLU Sexual Misconduct Policy.

The Center for Diversity, Justice, & Sustainability’s Advocacy Services*  is a confidential resource that provides support for victims of sexual assault, including obtaining a Protection Order, learning how to increase their safety, and connecting with additional forms of support.

Other Campus Resources:

Health Center * 253-535-7337
Counseling Center * 253-535-7206
Campus Safety 253-535-7441
Campus Ministry * 253-535-7464
Residential Life 253-535-7200
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities 253-535-7195

* Confidential resource

Northwest Network – The NW Network is an organization that works to end violence and abuse in lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender communities.

Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County – The Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County is a local organization that offers support and resources for those affected by sexual assault and abuse.

Sexual Assault Myths & Facts – The Sexual Assault Myths & Facts sheet debunks fifteen common myths about sexual assault.

RAINN – The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.

What is Stalking?

A pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Keeping in mind that context is key.

-National Stalking Resource Center

A person commits the crime of stalking if, without lawful authority and under circumstances not amounting to a felony attempt of another crime:

(a) He or she intentionally and repeatedly harasses or repeatedly follows another person; and

(b) The person being harassed or followed is placed in fear that the stalker intends to injure the person, another person, or property of the person or of another person. The feeling of fear must be one that a reasonable person in the same situation would experience under all the circumstances; and

(c) The stalker either:

(i) Intends to frighten, intimidate, or harass the person; or

(ii) Knows or reasonably should know that the person is afraid, intimidated, or harassed even if the stalker did not intend to place the person in fear or intimidate or harass the person.

(Rev. Code Wash. (ARCW) § 9A.46.110. Stalking. (2007))

A person is guilty of cyberstalking if he or she, with intent to harass, intimidate, torment, or embarrass any other person, and under circumstances not constituting telephone harassment, makes an electronic communication to such other person or a third party:

(a) Using any lewd, lascivious, indecent, or obscene words, images, or language, or suggesting the commission of any lewd or lascivious act;

(b) Anonymously or repeatedly whether or not conversation occurs; or

(c) Threatening to inflict injury on the person or property of the person called or any member of his or her family or household.

Stalking Fact Sheet – Straight, to-the-point stalking statistics.

Stalking Resource Center – The Stalking Resource Center provides information and resources for victims of stalking.

SPARC – The Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center provides education and resources about stalking.

Though PLU does not currently have a stand-alone stalking policy, stalking behavior is prohibited through policies related to Computer UseUniversity Violence Prevention, and Sexual Misconduct. You can visit the Student Code of Conduct Website to view these policies in full. Stalking is also prohibited under Title IX.

PLU will uphold the Washington state policies and laws around the issue of stalking in order to protect its students and preserve their individual rights.

The Center for Diversity, Justice, & Sustainability’s Advocacy Services*  is a confidential resource that provides support for victims of sexual assault, including obtaining a Protection Order, learning how to increase their safety, and connecting with additional forms of support.

Other Campus Resources:

Health Center * 253-535-7337
Counseling Center * 253-535-7206
Campus Safety 253-535-7441
Campus Ministry * 253-535-7464
Residential Life 253-535-7200
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities 253-535-7195

* Confidential resource

*24 Hour Resource

Community Resources

Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County*
253-474-7273
sexualassaultcenter.com

Pierce County Domestic Violence Hotline*
253-798-4166
aplaceofhelp.com

YWCA Pierce County*
253-383-2593
ywcapiercecounty.org

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Resources by County
wscadv.org/washington-domestic-violence-programs

National Resources

RAINN*
800-656-4673
rainn.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline*
800-799-7233
thehotline.org

The Deaf Hotline*
855-812-1001 (Video Phone)
thedeafhotline.org

Victim Connect
855-484-2846
victimconnect.org

Identity-Based Resources

API Chaya
877-922-4292 / 206-325-0325
apichaya.org/

Ujima (Black Community)
1-844-778-5462
ujimacommunity.org

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
206-816-3893 (Tacoma Office)
nwirp.org

Consejo Counseling and Referral Service (Latin@)
253-414-7461 (Tacoma Office)
consejocounseling.org

The Northwest Network (LGBTQ+)
206-568-7777
nwnetwork.org

1in6 (Men)*
Chat Helpline
1in6.org

StrongHearts Native Helpline*
844-762-8483
strongheartshelpline.org

What is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)?

“Intimate partner violence” describes the specific kind of domestic violence (physical harm, bodily injury, assault, or the infliction of fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, sexual assault, or stalking) perpetrated by a current or former intimate partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples.

Violence by an intimate partner is linked to both immediate and long-term health, social, and economic consequences. Factors at all levels- individual, relationship, community, and societal, contribute to intimate partner violence. Preventing intimate partner violence requires reaching a clear understanding of those factors, coordinating resources, and fostering and initiating change in individuals, families, and society.

-National Institute of Justice

Center for Disease Control – The Center for Disease Control is a website that provides information and resources on intimate partner violence.

Domestic Violence Fact Sheet – The Domestic Violence Face Sheet provides information about the prevalence of domestic violence and the effects it can have on victims and survivors.

10 Healthy Signs and 10 Unhealthy Signs – 10 Signs of a Healthy Relationship and 10 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship from the One Love Foundation give aspects of a relationship to strive for and to shift away from.

Power and Control Wheel – The Power and Control Wheel can help individuals identify patterns of abusive and violent behavior in relationships.

While PLU does not have a stand-alone policy for IPV, there do exist policies on sexual misconduct and violence prevention. Please visit PLU Student Rights and Responsibilities webpage for more information. The sections pertaining to Sexual Misconduct and Violence Prevention are particularly relevant.

PLU will uphold the Washington state policies and laws around the issue of IPV in order to protect its students and preserve their individual rights.

The Center for DJS’s Advocacy Services*  is a confidential resource that provides support for victims of sexual assault, including obtaining a Protection Order, learning how to increase their safety, and connecting with additional forms of support.

Other Campus Resources:

Health Center * 253-535-7337
Counseling Center * 253-535-7206
Campus Safety 253-535-7441
Campus Ministry * 253-535-7464
Residential Life 253-535-7200
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities 253-535-7195

* Confidential resource

*24 Hour Resource

Community Resources

Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County*
253-474-7273
sexualassaultcenter.com

Pierce County Domestic Violence Hotline*
253-798-4166
aplaceofhelp.com

YWCA Pierce County*
253-383-2593
ywcapiercecounty.org

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Resources by County
wscadv.org/washington-domestic-violence-programs

National Resources

RAINN*
800-656-4673
rainn.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline*
800-799-7233
thehotline.org

The Deaf Hotline*
855-812-1001 (Video Phone)
thedeafhotline.org

Victim Connect
855-484-2846
victimconnect.org

Identity-Based Resources

API Chaya
877-922-4292 / 206-325-0325
apichaya.org

Ujima (Black Community)
1-844-778-5462
ujimacommunity.org

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
206-816-3893 (Tacoma Office)
nwirp.org

Consejo Counseling and Referral Service (Latin@)
253-414-7461 (Tacoma Office)
consejocounseling.org

The Northwest Network (LGBTQ+)
206-568-7777
nwnetwork.org

1in6 (Men)*
Chat Helpline
1in6.org

StrongHearts Native Helpline*
844-762-8483
strongheartshelpline.org