What is an advocate and how do they differ from other people involved in my case?

STSM’s advocates are specially trained volunteers available 24-7. When a survivor goes to the hospital an advocate will respond and stay with the survivor through the medical treatment process. The advocate is there to help the survivor understand what is going on and provide information on procedures and what to expect. The advocate can help the survivor talk to family and friends about what happened, help the survivor to connect with other community services, and a variety of other helpful things like getting warm blankets or snacks. There are many people involved when a sexual assault is reported. Medical personnel are there to provide medical attention and collect evidence, law enforcement are there to pursue justice, and the STSM advocate is there with one purpose - to serve the survivor.