RISE Student Support Services
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RISE Student Support Services

Respect, Integrity, Support, Empowerment


You are not alone! The RISE program is here to help anyone who has experienced dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking navigate service options and make informed decisions. We strive to create a community free of violence and oppression while promoting inclusion and safety for all. We provide consultation/referral as well as support services. Our services are free and private. We are here for you.

The mission of RISE is to develop effective culturally-relevant campus-based programming that builds upon strong campus and community partnerships with the goals of strengthening services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and promoting multifaceted prevention strategies within the campus community.

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grant was funded to implement intervention and education programs for incoming students and University faculty, staff and campus safety units. The grant will focus on reducing domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on college campuses as well as encourage adoption of comprehensive and coordinated responses to these crimes. Additionally, outreach programming, training and resources will be provided for victim safety, offender accountability and prevention. We have partnered with the local Victims Assistance Center.

The Victims Assistance Center provides service to all individuals in our community who are impacted by violence or crime through advocacy, education, and emotional support. The mission of the Victims Assistance Center is to assist and provide direct services to victims/survivors of violence and crime in Jefferson County.


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Bystander is a person who observes a crime, impending crime, conflict, potentially violent or violent behavior, or conduct that is in violation of rules or policies of an institution. 

Bystander Intervention Is recognizing a potentially harmful situation or interaction and choosing to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome.

Consent cannot be given when a person is incapacitated, which occurs when an individual lacks the ability to knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity. Incapacitation may be caused by the lack of consciousness or being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, or if an individual otherwise cannot consent. Depending on the degree of intoxication, someone who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants may be incapacitated and therefore unable to consent. 

Consent cannot be given when it is the result of coercion, intimidation, force, or threat of harm.

When consent is withdrawn or can no longer be given, sexual activity must stop. 

Dating violence is another form of domestic violence. The Violence Against Women Act defines dating violence according to the relationship between the abuser and victim. Dating violence is committed by a person in a social, romantic, or intimate relationship with the victim. The existence of such relationship is determined using the following factors:

  • The length of the relationship
  • The type of relationship
  • The partners frequency of interaction

Definitions of domestic violence recognize that victims can include anyone, regardless of socioeconomic background, education level, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic violence was formerly referred to as wife abuse. However, this term was abandoned when the definition of domestic violence was changed to reflect that wives are not the only ones who can fall victim to domestic violence. The definition of domestic violence now recognizes that victims can be:

  • Spouses
  • Sexual/Dating/Intimate partners
  • Family members
  • Children
  • Cohabitants

Many people think that a victim of domestic violence can only obtain a protective order against their spouse. This is actually a myth. Most states allow victims of abusive cohabitant lovers to obtain protective orders (also referred to as temporary restraining orders or emergency protective orders). Some states allow victims of abusive adult relatives, roommates, or even non-cohabitating partners to obtain protective orders. The laws in each state are different, so check the most updated laws in your state.

Sexual assault is a crime motivated by a need to control, humiliate and harm. Perpetrators use sexual assault as a weapon to hurt and dominate others. Sexual assault is forced or coerced sexual contact without consent. Consent is the presence of a clear yes, not the absence of a no.

Is the act or crime of willfully and repeatedly following or harassing another person in circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to fear injury or death especially because of express or implied threats

3 student winners for participating in violence prevention/awareness programming

3 student winners - for participating in violence prevention/awareness programming

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Headshot Jennifer Dalton

Jennifer Dalton

Campus Advocate
(315) 777-9511
Office Location:
  • JCC Campus- McVean Building, Office 4-100 
  • Victims Assistance Center 418 Washington Street Watertown NY 13601
Need Immediate Support?
Victims Assistance Center Hotline 315-782-1855 or JCC Security 315-786-2222
Headshot Gabrielle Thompson

Gabrielle Thompson

JCC Title IX Coordinator
(315) 786-6561
Office Location: 
McVean Building, Office 4-100