Supporting Survivors

The Aurora Center is a safe and confidential place to report sexual assault/relationship violence/stalking.  TAC only reports assaults to authorities with the strict written permission of the victim/survivor. 

The following is a breakdown of service delivery options that are available at no cost to all victim/survivors/concerned persons of sexual or relationship violence whether they fit into the reporting protocol or not. TAC serves the University of Minnesota, TC & Augsburg College campuses.

Counseling:

  1. 24 hour/7 day Helpline
  2. Telephone or walk-in short-term individual advocacy services, provide options, or referrals
  3. Short term crisis counseling/intervention
  4. Weekly victim/survivor support group
  5. Supportive, confidential, and safe environment to support the victim/survivor's decision to report assaults to appropriate authorities
  6. Provide on-going supportive follow-up services

Academics:

  1. Contact academic faculty/staff for academic accommodations
  2. Coordinate a change in classroom sections for safety considerations with faculty
  3. Assist students (when appropriate) to obtain tuition reimbursements

Medical:

  1. Accompany to University of Minnesota hospital E.R. for evidentiary sexual assault exam, treatment for physical injuries and testing for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy – in MN all evidentiary exams costs are covered by the state.

Housing:

  1. Arrange alternate safe housing
  2. Assist victim/survivor to inform proper Housing authorities and Academic Personnel
  3. Assist students (when appropriate) to obtain residence hall reimbursements

University:

  1. Provide training to internal and external communities relating to issues of all forms of sexual exploitation
  2. Assist in filing (if applicable) sexual harassment complaints with University of Minnesota Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
  3. Assist in filing (if applicable) complaints to the University of Minnesota Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
  4. Serve as liaison between Student Conduct Office and victim/survivors to facilitate disciplinary proceedings
  5. Accompany victim/survivors to hearing if victim/survivor pursues disciplinary process and agrees to testify.

Legal:

  1. Provide on-site assistance with writing restraining orders
  2. Accompany to appropriate County Clerks of Court to obtain Orders for Protection or Harassment Orders
  3. Serve as liaison between police/sheriff’s departments and victim/survivors to facilitate police reports
  4. Accompany victim/survivors to court if victim/survivor pursues prosecution and agrees to testify.
  5. Provide victim/survivors with Victims/Survivor Bill of Rights and assist (if applicable) in applying for Crime Victim Reparations.
  6. Provide appropriate legal options