RSVP Center Resources

RSVP Center response services are confidential and available
by appointment or walk-in Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm.

RSVP Center response services include:

  • Confidentiality for all individuals who seek services
  • Basic crisis intervention by graduate and professional trauma-informed staff
  • On-going case management and advocacy as needed by professional staff:
    • Medical Advocacy: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) for free at University Hospital ER. SANE exams can be conducted no more than 5 days after the assault and are a part of the forensic chain of evidence. Click here to watch a video about the SANE process.
      • When a survivor arrives at the the Emergency Department, s/he should ask for the charge nurse and then ask for a SANE to be paged. An advocate from True North will also be paged to assist survivors through the process.
    • Legal Advocacy: working with law enforcement, court systems, Student Legal Services and/or Family Violence Clinic to ensure survivors are able to understand and pursue their desired legal options.
      • Ex Parte Order of Protection (“restraining order”) filing assistance or referral to most appropriate resource
      • Stalking log documentation and assistance available
    • Campus System Advocacy: working with the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX to ensure survivors are able to understand and pursue their desired options through the University equity resolution or conduct process.
    • Mental Health Advocacy: providing referrals to MU Counseling Center and MU Student Health Center, or outside agencies, if desired.
      • Groups are often available through the Counseling Center and/or True North.
    • Housing Advocacy: working with the Department of Residential Life and/or off-campus housing authorities to help ensure survivor safety
    • Academic Advocacy: working with Deans of schools and colleges to help survivors stay academically successful during their time at MU
    • Other: assisting survivors, friends and/or family members with other types of assistance and resource referrals as needed

If you are in danger, please call 911 or:
True North: (573) 875-1370
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800 799 SAFE
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline: 800 656 HOPE

You are not alone.

We hope to provide you with information that will help you to better understand your experience. Professional, trauma-informed staff at the RSVP Center can assist you in attaining counseling, legal, and medical assistance. You have been through an experience that may have been very disorienting and upsetting, and one that you most likely thought would never happen to you. No one deserves to experience this kind of violence. Rape, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking are crimes and the only person who is to blame for these actions is the person who committed them.

We are here to support you and want you to contact us if you have further questions or concerns. Please call the office and ask to speak with one of the RSVP coordinators at 573-882-6638. You can also email us at (note: email is not always a secure form of communication). All of the student staff and coordinators of our center are confidential and will work with you in any way that we can.