The friendly faces campaign is a broad public campaign to reduce feelings of isolation frequently felt by student sexual assault survivors and helps those survivors receive needed support and services to aid their recovery and to increase a public dialogue about sexual violence. The campaign focuses on enhancing collaboration between Student Counseling Services and many campus offices and programs to increase the likelihood that student sexual assault survivors will experience a supportive community and access needed services.
Sexual violence typically has profound consequences for survivors and impacts both their personal and academic performance. Feelings of shame, isolation, fear, confusion and self-blame often inhibit survivors from seeking needed support services. Friendly faces acknowledges these negative effects of sexual violence and seeks to reduce the helplessness and isolation felt by student survivors in order to support their ongoing recovery.
The campaign establishes a broad community of caring, concern, and support; increases awareness of services available to student sexual assault survivors; and encourages those survivors to access services.
Survivors can be referred to Student Counseling Services’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Survivor Services program for extensive support and counseling. Services are free, private and confidential. Depending on your relationship with the survivor and their needs, you can offer to walk them over to Student Counseling Services (Student Services Building, Room 320) or you can assist them with telephoning (309-438-3655).
Student Counseling Services would love to have you, your office or program included as a safe and supportive place for students to receive support and information on available resources. To become a friendly face we ask that you make a pledge to be a supportive, warm and open to helping survivors find the resources that they need on campus and that you attend a brief training.
In addition to students who have made the friendly faces pledge, there are several ISU departments, offices and student groups already involved. These offices have made a commitment to address the multi-dimensional impact of sexual assault and to help survivors find the resources that they need. Please see the list of participating friendly faces on campus in the helpful link box at the top of the page.
If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this program, contact
Gail Trimpe-Morrow at 438-3655. You may also visit our website at Counseling.IllinoisState.edu.