Sexual Trauma Treatment Outreach and Prevention (STTOP)
The Sexual Trauma Treatment Outreach and Prevention (STTOP) Team is a multidisciplinary team of CAPS clinicians dedicated to providing confidential care, support, and advocacy to students who have experienced sexual trauma during their academic career. The culture of silence surrounding sexual assault and rape on campus and within our culture as a whole deters reporting, isolates victim-survivors, and undermines the safety and public health of all members of a community. The STTOP Team is committed to providing immediate support to students in need and to promoting awareness and change through active participation in campus outreach and collaboration with community partners. Members of the STTOP team are identified in the CAPS Staff Directory.
CAPS offers confidential and free professional services to undergraduate, graduate and professional students at Penn. If you call CAPS, you will speak with a mental health professional who can discuss options with you including how to contact a member of the STTOP team. You will be asked routine questions; it is your decision what details you feel comfortable disclosing. It is up to you whether you want to name or identify the offender. You do not have to tell your family members, academic program, or law enforcement, and you do not have to file a report with the university in order to receive care.
Penn Violence Prevention
Penn Violence Prevention is a collaborative program which works to engage the Penn community in the prevention of sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking on campus. For more information about resources on campus, reporting options, or how to support a friend, see the Penn Violence Prevention website.
Contact the STTOP Team Virtually
If you think you have been raped, sexually assaulted, stalked or experienced an unsafe or confusing sexual encounter, you can call CAPS at 215-898-7021(24/7) and ask to meet virtually with a member of the STTOP Team.
STTOP Team Programs and FAQ
We hope to continue our support groups for sexual assault survivors when students return to campus. Please check CAPS Group Page for updates.
If you would like to request a virtual workshop for a Penn group or community, go to CAPS Outreach & Prevention Page and click on our Outreach Request Form. There, you can request the Sexual Assault/Trauma topic (described below).
Sexual Assault/Trauma Workshops:
CAPS offers a variety of workshops that center around conversations on intimacy, boundaries, safety, and trauma within relationships. Examples topics include communicating consent, healthy/positive sexuality, and healthy relationships. CAPS also provides safe spaces for individuals who identify as survivors to come together, find community, and cultivate pathways towards healing. Additionally, based on the principles of trauma-informed care, CAPS offers workshops to support providers and caregivers on the impact of trauma on victim/survivor’s health and wellness.
Frequently Asked Questions
Was what happened to me bad enough to count?
If you experienced an unsafe or confusing sexual encounter or relationship and you are considering reaching out to the STTOP team, we encourage you to do so. You do not need to put a label on your experience to receive help. You are entitled to respect and whatever support you need.
Where can I find information on healthy sexuality?
It can be difficult to find information on healthy sexuality and sex positive behaviors. For more information on healthy sexuality including resources, glossaries, and scenarios for discussion, see the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Where can I find other resources on campus?
For more information about resources, please see the Penn Violence Prevention website. Penn has many confidential resources like Special Services, the Women’s Center, and Student Health Service. We encourage students to reach out to whichever one they feel most comfortable with.
How can I support my friend?
Supporting a friend who has been assaulted, stalked or abused can be really hard. The role friends play in supporting survivors is essential, and it’s different from that of a counselor, lawyer, or doctor. For information about helping a friend, please see the Penn Violence Prevention website.