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Advocates can provide a confidential space to talk about what happened and help you decide how to move forward.  An advocate can help with the following:

  • Accompany you to the hospital following an assault in order to receive a medical and/or forensic exam. 
  • Explain and help you navigate the Denver Police Department procedures, Title IX procedures, Campus Safety procedures, Student Conduct procedures, and/or District Attorney's procedures
  • Assist you with getting medical bills covered by local grants or through the City of Denver's Victim Compensation Fund.  
  • Arrange for academic assistance 
  • Collaborate with Housing and Residential Education staff to ensure a student's housing is safe and/or help the student relocate. 
  • Connect you with Campus Safety to arrange for safe escorts or private self-defense classes.
  • Help you get connected to a therapist at the Health and Counseling Center or in the community. 

How to contact an advocate:

During business hours, you may call the Coordinator of CAPE Advocacy Services, Kayla Ham, at 303-871-3853 or email to get connected to an advocate.

After-hours, the Counselor on Call is available to assist members of the University of Denver community who have experienced gender-based violence. This includes sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or sexual harassment. Through the Counselor on Call, 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. 

Who are the advocates?

Advocates have completed an intensive 40-hour training program. They understand the complexity of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment and can assist individuals in making decisions and obtaining resources. They are educated about medical, criminal, legal and university systems and can provide emotional support, information and options.