The Hawkeye Allies are a network of caring, compassionate students who have gone through training to respond supportively when peers confide in them about having experienced sexual violence. Hawkeye Allies are committed to a survivor-centered stance, meaning they start by believing the experiences of survivors and hold information shared with them in confidence. Hawkeye Allies can also assist survivors in identifying support resources.
Hawkeye Allies Program
The Hawkeye Allies are nominated by their peers to participate in the program because of their compassionate, non-judgmental, empathetic, and trustworthy demeanor. Students who are nominated to become a member of the Hawkeye Allies then participate in a multi-part training that equips with them with skills for responding to their peers who have experienced sexual violence. Because students at the University of Iowa and nationally are more likely to tell friends or roommates about an experience of sexual violence than formal resources, this program prepares students to provide support to one another.
Role of the Hawkeye Allies
Hawkeye Allies are residents within University Housing who have been trained to respond supportively when peers confide in them about having experienced sexual harassment and/or assault. Research suggests that the response a survivor of sexual violence receives upon first confiding in someone shapes their willingness to seek out future support; additionally, peers are often the first people in which survivors confide. The role of a Hawkeye Ally is to be a supportive peer within the residence halls who, when approached by a survivor:
- Respects the survivor’s right to confidentiality
- Responds empathetically
- Believes the survivor
- Is able to offer resources, if desired
Nominate an Ally
If you know someone who exemplifies the characteristics of a Hawkeye Ally, nominate them at the link below.
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The University of Iowa has five confidential offices: Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP), University Counseling Service (UCS), Office of the Ombudsperson, Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC), Employee Assistance Program (EAP). If you or someone you know experiences sexual violence, these offices can provide support and will not create a mandatory report or otherwise share your story without your consent.
You can find further information about the five confidential offices at the University of Iowa as well as other supportive resources in the community through The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE).
How to Help Yourself
If you have experienced sexual violence of any kind, here are several important things to keep in mind:
- Sexual assault is never the fault of the victim/survivor.
- Consider your options. If you would like to talk to someone who is not obligated to report, consider the Confidential Resources above. If you would like to consider filing a Title IX report or seeking accommodations, you can contact The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE). If you would like to report to the police you can contact the University of Iowa Police (319-335-5022) or the Iowa City Police (319-356-6020).
- You can seek supportive, trauma-informed counseling through an agency like the University Counseling Service or the Rape Victim Advocacy Program .
- For additional resources and information, please see RVAP’s website.
How to help someone else:
The Hawkeye Allies program provides participants with more extensive skills in this area. Here are a few quick suggestions:
- Start by believing the survivor.
- Listen to the survivor and emphasize that they have your support.
- Allow the survivor to be in control. Do not force them to tell their story - you do not need to know details to hold a stance of care. Do not urge them to report the assault or seek support if they are not ready. Do not make decisions for them.
- Acknowledge that sexual violence happens to people regardless of individual and cultural identities. In fact, people who hold marginalized identities are statistically more likely to experience sexual violence.
- Practice self-care and seek support for yourself through friends, family, counseling, or other survivor support services (e.g RVAP, WRAC, DVIP).
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