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The below article appeared in an October 2017 issue of the student newsletter.
A message from DCCCD counselors:
If you've been a victim of sexual assault, you are not alone. DCCCD counselors are here to help with whatever you need. Whether you are a victim, or a friend, every DCCCD location has a licensed counselor available to help with personal issues. Our services are also free and confidential, so participation will not go on your educational record.
We understand how stressful your situation may be and how difficult it may be to share your experience with someone. Counselors are trained to help you with the emotional impact of a sexual assault. We provide short-term, solution-focused counseling to help you get back to feeling good about life.
We understand sexual assault, domestic violence and other negative experiences can derail you and make it hard to concentrate and study, work or go on with your everyday life.
We can help you take steps to begin your healing and recovery so a negative incident does not have to impact the rest of your life. We can also connect you with community agencies that can help you with whatever action you may decide to take.
Counselors understand privacy, and we are nonjudgmental. We are here to listen to you and help you take the next step that you feel is right for you. We do not tell you what you have to do. We will support whatever decisions you make.
Regardless of when it happened — yesterday or a long time ago — we can help you heal. We can help you support a friend who is seeking help. Yes, we can even help someone who recognizes they need to make changes in themselves. Please reach out and talk to one of us.
Counselors are available to talk about all kinds of personal issues. We can help with anxiety, depression and academic problems like test anxiety, public speaking, time management and procrastination. If you are struggling with a personal concern, please reach out to one of us today.
On the DCCCD Counseling website, you will find contact information for several 24-hour crisis and hotlines. There are hotlines for sexual assault, domestic violence, suicide and crisis, and military veterans.
There is also a 24-hour text-for-help number and a place to look for community agencies in our area and outside our area.
You will also see a link to all the colleges' counseling centers. Click on the college of your choice to view center hours and how to make an appointment.
We are looking forward to helping you.