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Peer Advocates (inactive for 2019–20)

Peer Advocates are students who receive specialized training to be a non-administrative confidential resource to their peers in the HDS community. They serve as listeners and resources and can provide information on medical care and support, as well as reporting options within Harvard. They are not professional counselors, but have been trained in the basics of responding to disclosures of sexual assault and harassment. If you are interested in serving as a Peer Advocate, email studentlife@hds.harvard.edu about the process.

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence Online Resources

Confidentiality

Some resources, such as Kerry Maloney, the director of religious and spiritual life at HDS, the Harvard Chaplains, clinicians at Counseling and Mental Health Services, and the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, offer confidentiality within the usual bounds (i.e., expressions of imminent harm to self or others or harm to a member of a vulnerable population may need to be reported). Otherwise, they only share information you disclose at your request. Others, such as a Title IX Coordinator, control information you share with the utmost sensitivity, but may, in limited circumstances, need to take action, for example, to address an ongoing threat or to maintain your safety.