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Advocate’s Spotlight: Sara Diaz, Butler University

Sara Diaz, Butler University


The needs of someone who has been sexually assaulted vary from person to person and may vary over time. Butler University offers services and external resources services, some of which may be accessed 24 hours a day, so that a student may choose what she or he would find most helpful and healing. A trained professional staff member serves as a Victim Advocate and provides 24-hour response to students who have experienced forces or unwanted sexual contact or interpersonal violence.

What do you do to combat domestic violence?

In my work with college students, I promote healthy relationships, consent and support victims and survivors of all forms of interpersonal violence as a campus Victim Advocate. In my daily life, I shut down victim-blaming, challenge practices and beliefs that contribute to a rape supportive culture, and seek to model healthy boundaries. Furthermore, I listen. I have learned so much by listening to victims and survivors.
What motivates you in this role?

I am motivated by the change I see happening in society, my workplace, and with my friends and family. Even more so, I am motivated by the change I know still needs to happen.

What is your favorite hobby?

Exploring Indy w/my partner Mike and our toddler, Charlie! Everything is exciting when you’re 2, which means everything is exciting as a parent of a 2 year old! We love exploring parks and playgrounds, trying new local restaurants, finding live music, bopping around farmer’s markets and art galleries.

What’s your favorite quote or mantra?

A cherished friend reminds me often that it is important as a helper to “put on our oxygen mask” before helping others. I value self-care and know that it makes me a better partner, advocate, friend and mother.

How long have you been a DV Advocate?

I’ve been the campus Victim Advocate for students at Butler University for eight years, since 2008.

How has being a DV Advocate helped you in your career?

Being an advocate has deepened my sense of gratitude for things like peace and autonomy, things that may blend into the background for others.

Butler University urges anyone who has been sexually assaulted to seek support from a Victim Advocate by calling (317) 910-5572 as soon as possible to minimize and treat physical harm, assist with processing the unique and complex emotional aftermath, and help preserve and understand options for reporting.