Advocate for Victims of Violence & Discrimination

Confidential Help for Students, Victims & Survivors at WSU

Jessica, the confidential advocate located in the Office for Equity and Inclusive Excellence, offers free and confidential services to WSU students.

This means that what you choose to share and discuss with Jessica, stays with Jessica.

Jessica can provide support for WSU students who:

  • Have been sexually assaulted, harassed, or violated in any way
  • Are in an abusive relationship whether dating, in an exclusive romantic partnership or family relationship
  • Are noticing some potential red flags in a relationship and want to discuss them with someone
  • Know or fear they are being stalked
  • Have experienced or are experiencing racism, discrimination or other form of oppression

If you have been hurt by dating, relationship, or domestic violence, it is not your fault and you are not alone.

Dating and domestic violence include a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include:

  • physical abuse
  • emotional or psychological abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • financial abuse (using money and financial tools to exert control)

Violence and fear are never ok in dating or relationships. Between 1989 and 2018, 523 women in Minnesota have been killed due to dating and domestic violence, according to reports by Violence Free Minnesota.

If you want to talk confidentially about your situation, please contact Jessica Schulz at 507.457.2956.

If you are not ready to speak to an advocate, please consider completing a safety plan (PDF).

Racism and discrimination continue to be a fact of life for many students on college campuses.

In addition to working on systemic concerns, our confidential advocate is here to listen to your specific experiences and work to rectify the situation.

If an incident or exchange of racism, discrimination, or harassment happened on campus, or just made you feel uncomfortable, Jessica is here to listen.

Sexual assault is any sexual act –from fondling to rape—that is directed against another person without their consent.

Survivors often feel shame or a sense of responsibility for the assault. This is simply not true. You didn't deserve it. You didn't ask for it. It's not your fault.

Jessica can listen and help you through this situation.

Stalking is a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.

This is harassing or threatening behavior that happens repeatedly. Such harassment can be either physical stalking or cyber stalking.

There are several indicators of stalking behavior:

  • Persistent communication such as phone calls, text messages, or emails, despite being told not to contact the victim in any form
  • Waiting at or outside the victim’s workplace, residence, or school
  • Making threats against someone, or that person's family or friends
  • Repeated physical or visual closeness, like waiting for an someone to arrive at certain locations, following someone, or watching someone from a distance
  • Manipulative behavior (for example: threatening to harm themselves in order to get a response to such an “emergency” in the form of contact)
  • The persistent sending of gifts
  • Defamation: The stalker often lies to others about the victim
  • “Objectification”: The stalker derogates the victim reducing them to an object, which allows the stalker the ability to feel angry with the victim without experiencing empathy

Talk About Options With or Without Making an Official Report

As a confidential resource on campus, Jessica can help you explore your options without or before making an official report.

When you meet with Jessica, she will

  • Listen without judgement
  • Explain all of the options available to you
  • Help you understand the potential outcomes of each option

After you decide which option is best for you, Jessica will provide guidance, resources and referrals.


Reach Out for Support

Contact Jessica by email at jessica.schulz@winona.edu or telephone at 507.457.2956. You can also text her at 507.470.0403.

If you are in crisis and Jessica is unavailable, or you would feel more comfortable speaking to someone off campus, please contact the Advocacy Center of Winona through their 24-hour hotline at 507.452.4453.

If you have an emergency and you are comfortable doing so, please call 911.


More Campus Support Options

Many of these services are by appointment only. If you would like help making an appointment, please contact Jessica.

Resource
Type Support Services
Counseling Services Confidential Resource
  • crisis counseling sessions
  • on-going mental health support
  • community referrals for long-term services
Health Services Confidential Resource
  •  STI testing
  • emergency contraception
  • physical exam by a SANE nurse to collect evidence in cases of sexual assault
Title IX Coordinator 
Private Resource
  • filing formal and informal complaints
  • campus accommodations due to violence or harassment
Campus Security Mandatory Reporter On-campus escort services