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SPEAK aims to unite and inspire the San Diego Community College District in cultivating a community free of violence. SPEAK provides violence prevention education and offers free and confidential services for those who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking.   

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence or intimate partner violence, contact the Campus Advocacy Coordinator, Myisha Butler-Ibawi, at mbutler@ccssd.org for resources and assistance. Myisha is a confidential resource and any details relating to your incident will not be reported to the District without your consent.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
During this time of adjusting to being off campus, we want to make sure students know what resources are still available to them. Our victim advocate who provides support to students who have experienced sexual and/or domestic violence can be reached on her work cell at 619-541-5970 and her email at mbutler@ccssd.org, M-F 8am-5pm. If students need support after 5PM or on weekends, they can contact CCS’ 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-888-385-4657.
 
Lastly, April is sexual assault awareness month and SDCCD is partnering with CCS to provide education on sexual assault, bystander intervention and so much more.  There will be several opportunities throughout April for students to join live webinars around these topics . Please be on the look out for more information regarding this.
 

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24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (888) 385-4657

A message sent on behalf of the SDCCD Sexual Assault Prevention Advocate:

If your home life is unstable or dangerous, the idea of staying at home for weeks might seem impossible. How can you try to stay safe AND practice social distancing? CCS' Prevention, Education, and Advocacy Services team crafted six questions to help guide your safety planning:
  1. Where in your home do you feel most safe? In stressful moments, try going to the place where you feel most safe. You can also bring something that comforts you, like headphones to listen to music or a soft blanket.
  2. When things get intense, how do you safely distract yourself or avoid the situation? It’s never your job to intervene if adults are fighting, and it’s never your fault.
  3. Who can you call or text if you feel unsafe? Even while social distancing, we can still talk with the people we trust. It’s okay to ask for emotional support or help with planning and responding to unsafe situations.
  4. What steps would you need to take to safely leave your home? You might be able to practice these steps by taking a short walk. While walking, you can think about how to leave your home safely in an emergency, and try to identify where you could go if you had to leave quickly.
  5. Is it possible to stay with another family member or friend during the next few weeks? Although we want to limit the number of people we interact with, it’s okay to stay inside with people other than your immediate family if needed.
  6. How safe do you feel at home? Your safety is the most important. If you are in danger, please call the CCS hotline at 1-888-385-4657. If there is an emergency, call your trusted emergency responder.
These questions are just the beginning for making your own safety plan. You can also talk to trusted family members about these questions, and make a plan together. If you need more help, you can always call the Center for Community Solutions hotline. 
 
If you feel safe in your home, check in with your friends. You never know who may be worried about being stuck at home for the next few weeks.