UCSB's Advocate Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Misconduct, or CARE program, is being adopted across the UC system as campuses attempt to bolster responses to sexual violence and to combat sexual assault.
In addition to focusing on survivor advocacy, CARE - run by Director Jill Dunlap - also offers education for students, staff, faculty, and the larger community. The program boasts five full-time advocacy positions, a dedicated website, permanent funding for a counseling psychologist with a focus on interpersonal violence.
CARE's increased presence on campus comes at critical time for UCSB, as reports of sexual assault have risen dramatically in the past few years. Reaching out to CARE can provide much needed support, according to Dunlap: "We are your best friends through these processes. Whatever you need. We will get you on the path, going in the right direction." Ricardo Alcaino, director of UCSB's Office of Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment / Title IX Compliance, notes that "We depend on CARE a lot to make sure nobody falls through the cracks, because that's the important part - that no one is out there feeling that they have nowhere to go, or feeling helpless."
Read more about the CARE program in the UC Santa Barbara Current.