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. 

Response Services

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 or housing accommodations or other support. 


CARE can connect with legal and medical advocacy, free counseling and support groups on and off campus. 

Prevention and Education


  • Support Starts Here training
  • Prevention programs on healthy sexuality, consent, sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking.
  • Student Body and HAVEN new student education

Peer Education

  • Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE) provides education and generates campus dialogue about sexual health and sexual assault.
  • Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MARS) is an all-male peer education group. Its purpose is to engage and educate men about the issues of rape and sexual assault.