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The CAPE Helpline: A confidential hotline for the DU community

Call the CAPE Hotline: 303-871-3456 during fall, winter and spring quarters

What is the CAPE Helpline?

The CAPE Helpline (formerly SASA) exists to assist members of the University of Denver community who have experienced gender-based violence. This includes sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking/harassment. Through the Helpline, trained advocates assist survivors, and any family or friends, to cope with the physical, psychological, judicial and/ or legal aftermath resulting from gender-based violence.

NOTE: Calling for an advocate does not obligate reporting anything to the police or the university, except when there is a significant public safety concern.

Advocates can talk to you about and answer questions on the following:

  • The many options for reporting or not reporting
  • The Hospital process including what a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) exam is
  • Denver Police Department procedures
  • Title IX procedures
  • Campus Safety procedures
  • Student Conduct Office procedures
  • District Attorney's procedures
  • Victim compensation - financial reimbursement for costs incurred due to crime
  • Academic accommodations
  • Common responses following an assault
  • Qualities of a healthy and unhealthy relationship
  • Safety planning
  • Survivor empowerment

How to contact an advocate:

Call 303-871-3456 24/7 during the fall, winter and spring quarters. An advocate will either answer or contact you within ONE hour of you leaving the message. Please note: advocates are not on call over the summer months or winter break.

To talk to someone about your options during the breaks, please call the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment at 303-871-3853 or email the program director at

Who are the advocates?

Advocates are volunteers (students, staff, faculty and Denver community members) who completed an intensive 40-hour training program. They understand the complexity of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking/harassment–and can assist individuals in making decisions and/or obtaining resources. They are educated about medical, criminal, legal and the university systems and can provide emotional support, information and options. Although advocates undergo an intensive 40-hour training program, they are not trained or certified counselors and their role is to listen to the survivor and to explain options rather than offer crisis counseling.

How to become an advocate:

Advocate training is offered 1-2 times per year. If you would like to apply for the next CAPE Helpline training, please complete the CAPE Helpline application below and return it to Gillian Kaag, Nelson Hall room #103, or email it to

Remember, if you apply to train, you must be able to attend every session in its entirety in order to be eligible for this program.

Please email Gillian Kaag for training dates.


CAPE Helpline (formerly SASA) application (MS Word)

Please ensure you are free on all of the training dates before submitting your application. You must attend them all in their entirety.

Contact Gillian Kaag, PhD, at 303-871-3853 with questions.