CARE's guiding principles are social justice, survivor centeredness, and sex positivity.
CARE staff adhere to a feminist approach to sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking. CARE staff strive to act as allies against the structure of privilege and oppression which support gender based violence, and prioritize the survivor’s right to self-determination and autonomy. The survivor’s needs and rights are the first priority of CARE and guide the planning and decision-making of CARE staff.
Addressing sexual violence | Promoting healthy sexuality
The mission of CARE is to create a culture of healthy sexuality at Northwestern University where sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking are not tolerated.
CARE is a confidential space for students impacted by sexual violence, relationship violence or stalking, including friends or partners of survivors.
Confidential Support Services
CARE can provide a space to process, ask questions, safety plan, and learn more about the impact of trauma. We also host a trauma support group.
Confidential Advocacy Services
CARE can be an advisor through the Title IX process and can assist with academic, housing, or other accommodations and support.
CARE can connect with legal and medical advocacy, free counseling and support groups on and off campus.
Sexual Health Consults
It's no secret that K-12 sexual health education varies across the US, most of which continues to be medically inaccurate, stigmatizing, and shame filled. In our continued effort to create a culture of healthy sexuality at Northwestern where sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking are not tolerated, CARE offers Sexual Health Consults. As stated by the CDC's Sexual Health Education, “Effective sexual health education curriculum are programs that include: Medical accuracy, culturally relevant content, and skills that target key behavioral outcomes & promote healthy sexual development,” all of which this service encompasses. Make an appointment today to speak with a CARE staff member about an array of topics under the vast umbrella of sexual health/wellness. You can also find more information about sexual health here.
Note: CARE staff are not medical doctors. However, if medical services are needed CARE can assist with referrals.
Possible Areas of Conversation
- Navigating sexual shame/stigma
- Sex and identity (race, class, gender, ability, sexual orientation, religion, etc.)
- Safer sexual health practices
- Centering pleasure in sex and intimacy
- Navigating hook ups
- Exploring kinks
Prevention and Education
- Support Starts Here training
- This training gives participants the skills to effectively support a survivor of sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking.
- Prevention programs on healthy sexuality, consent, sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking.
- Student Body and HAVEN new student education
- Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE) provides education and generates campus dialogue about sexual health and sexual assault.
- Masculinity, Allyship, Reflection, Solidarity (MARS) is an all-masculine identifying peer education group. Its purpose is providing education around healthy masculinity and combating rape culture and "restrictive masculinity".
- Students Promoting Education, Awareness, and Knowledge (SPEAK) for Change is a survivor-centered student group against the normalization of sexual & interpersonal violence on and beyond Northwestern's campus.
- Check out upcoming CARE events here.