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What Happens at CST

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CST Initial Consult Visits are 30-60 minutes in length, depending on your needs. During the initial visit, your CST counselor will provide confidential emotional support and discuss your rights, as well as options, and resources related to reporting and available, including further counseling. Most importantly, your CST counselor will take a collaborative approach and will support you in making decisions about what next steps are best for you. This could include a plan for ensuring safety if needed or desired. You can end an initial visit at any point you choose.


At CST, students can expect to receive:

  • Information about rights and reporting options

  • Brief emotional support (2-10 sessions that can include evaluating options, connecting with other resources, addressing safety, learning coping skills)

  • Assistance connecting to other on-and off-campus resources

  • Support and guidance in navigating systems and processes involved in sexual assault response:
    Forensic exams (i.e., SART or rape kit)
    Obtaining medical care
    Making reports to Title IX Office
    Reporting to police/SUDPS
    Seeking academic or residential accommodations

  • Evidence based treatment for problems developing directly as a result of sexual or relationship violence, such as PTSD or Depression


For life-threatening emergencies call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. For non-emergency assistance call Stanford’s Confidential Support Team 24/7 Hotline at 650-725-9955