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


Fall Dates


Supporting Survivors of Sexual Misconduct

This workshop discusses 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.

10 a.m to 12 noon
Oct. 31, 2023



Standing Firm and Standing With Survivors of Domestic Violence

NEW TRAINING OPTION: This training offered by STANDING FIRM, a program of the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, is designed for staff and faculty of the university to build understanding of the complex issues around domestic/partner violence and how it affects the workplace and the workforce. Attendees will learn how to recognize the signs that a co-worker or student may be dealing with the realities of domestic/partner violence and how to approach and respond to them in a respectful, safe, and productive manner.

1 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023

2 to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023


Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct

This workshop will promote a common and consistent understanding and application of policies, standards, and processes. It will include discussions around sexual harassment and how to support survivors of sexual misconduct.  Finally, participants will learn about resources available to all community members.  This workshop is highly interactive and uses scenarios and videos. 

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023

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.