Survivor Support Network

The Survivor’s Support Network, administered through the Sexual Violence Prevention Office, was developed to provide faculty, staff and graduate students with the knowledge and tools needed to best support survivors of sexual misconduct on Pitt’s campus. In 2019, 14% of all students at Pitt reported experiencing an attempted or completed sexual assault. These statistics highlight a need to develop a network of caring faculty, staff and students who are available to support survivors on campus.

The Survivor’s Support Network is a community of trained and caring leaders who are knowledgeable about campus and community resources and are committed to supporting survivors. Joining the Survivor’s Support Network requires participation in two workshops that will provide basic information about the effects of trauma, how to respond to disclosures of sexual misconduct and how to provide referrals to support resources. Each member will take the core workshop, Supporting Survivors of Sexual Misconduct, and will enroll in one elective workshop. Once these workshops have been completed, participants will receive an email moniker designating them as a member of the Survivor’s Support Network. Members can also decide if they would like to have their name and contact information listed on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion webpage.

Survivor Support Network: Members page

Workshop Overview

Type of Workshop

Course Title


Spring/Summer Dates


Supporting Survivors of Sexual Misconduct

The workshop will discuss the effects of trauma, how to respond to disclosures of sexual violence, how to provide ongoing support and Pitt specific resources. This workshop is facilitated with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape.

Tuesday, July 12th, 9:30am-11:30am



My Voice Has Power: A Bystander Intervention Discussion

This discussion-based session is designed to help community members recognize and respond to harassment and discrimination on a college campus. Participants will learn and share tips for how to intervene or act as an ally. Case scenarios will be discussed throughout the session.

Tuesday, July 26th    9:30am-11:30am


Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct

This workshop is designed to promote a common and consistent understanding and application of the University of Pittsburgh policies, standards, and processes with regard to Title IX. Participants will leave this workshop with an enhanced awareness of the various forms of harassment, sexual misconduct and domestic violence as well as their responsibility to promote a culture of prevention and safety for all.

Wednesday, July 13th,    1pm-3pm


Join the Survivor's Support Network

  1. Register to participate in the Survivor’s Support Network
  2. Once registered, you will receive an email with the registration links for fall 2020 workshops
  3. Once you have completed both workshops, reach out to Carrie Benson ( to request a completion form.
  4. You will receive an email moniker designating you as part of the Survivor’s Support Network and a printable moniker that can be posted in your workspace.


A note about the Responsible Employee Program:
Members of the Survivor’s Support Network are still considered responsible employees1 and will continue to have a duty to report disclosures of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Office.