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Learn about the mission, services and staff contacts for UCSD's CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center.


Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education at the Sexual Assault Resource Center (CARE at SARC) -- CARE at SARC is an independent confidential campus resource for individuals impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. CARE at SARC also provides comprehensive prevention education and trainings for UC San Diego students, staff, faculty, organizations, and departments. CARE at SARC provides free and confidential services for students, staff and faculty who are survivors, or those supporting survivors. CARE at SARC serves as the primary point of contact for victims and survivors who need advocacy, support services and/or assistance with reporting options.

Due to the call to action by UC President Janet Napolitano to have a system-wide consistent model for the prevention and response to sexual violence, SARC has changed its name to CARE in January 2015.

Our Mission

Since our creation in 1988, CARE at SARC has been dedicated to creating a safe and respectful community that does not tolerate sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Through policy development and campus wide collaborations, we are committed to providing education and support services that empower students, staff, and faculty.

Our Work

Support Services

We offer free and confidential* services for registered UC San Diego students, staff and faculty who are victims and/or survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking, as well as friends and families of the victim/survivor.

*Warning: Communication on the Internet is NOT secure; third parties may view and store confidential communication. All communications with users of CARE services are privileged and confidential under California Evidence Code Sections 1035.2 and 1037.2. Accordingly, employees in the CARE Office are not mandatory reporters under Title IX or the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

Education and Outreach

CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center offers workshops and training on violence prevention for the entire UC San Diego campus. Our workshops focus on understanding healthy relationships, clarifying consent, online safety, how to be a responsive bystander, and how to help a victim/survivor.

We also provide training for student workers, staff, and faculty. Our trainings focus on referring and reporting information, definitions, campus safety and community dynamics. Learn more about our various programs and how to request a program.

Our History

Established in 1988, CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center has been a standard-bearer of survivor support services and prevention education for campus sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. The launch of the program came from a group of dedicated staff and students who had been advocating for rape prevention education and victim services since 1979. Initially named, “Student Safety Awareness Program,” the department was staffed by one professional staff member and two student interns. CARE at SARC was one of the first holistic and stand-alone campus victim services programs within the UC system, meaning that CARE at SARC has always provided direct victim services as well as spearheaded UC San Diego violence prevention efforts. As the need for services and education grew, so did the program. CARE at SARC has received over $1,000,000 in federal grants that helped support innovative violence prevention campaigns (“UCSD Most Guys”; “Every Little BIT Counts”; “Colors of CARE”); increased the number of professional staff within the department, and enhanced direct services for survivors.

In 2018, UC San Diego’s CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center will commemorate its 30th Anniversary. This is a celebration, acknowledgement, and reaffirmation, that since its creation in 1988, CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center has been and always will be dedicated to creating a safe and respectful UC San Diego community.

Our Team

Marianne Frapwell, MSW, MBA

Director ( she/her/hers

Marianne Frapwell joined the CARE team as Director in 2021. She brings to this role over a decade of experience and a deep commitment to transformative community empowerment, trauma-informed and intersectional program design, and sustainable and healing movement-building.

Prior to her time at UCSD, Marianne oversaw the sexual and intimate partner violence prevention and advocacy services at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She also co-chaired the campus-wide restorative justice committee and spearheaded the implementation of campus-wide restorative practices.  

As a consultant, she has worked with K-12 educational institutions and community agencies to design sexual violence prevention and response programs and incorporate trauma-informed practice and philosophy into service provision. 

Prior to her time in California, Marianne worked in community mental health as a clinical team leader and volunteered as a therapist for folks navigating the American asylum process. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Marianne received her BA from Boston College and a Masters in Social Work and an MBA from Washington University in Saint Louis. She is most at home with her husband and rescue greyhound, cooking, reading, or doing jigsaw puzzles.

Cindy Villaflores, MSW

Victim Advocate ( she/her/hers

Cindy Villaflores is a certified Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor and has over eight years of victim advocacy experience in a variety of community settings. She has been a victim advocate with CARE since November 2016. Prior to her current position, Cindy was the Sexual Assault Victim Advocate for the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program at Naval Base Point Loma (NBPL). Cindy has also worked at the local San Diego Rape Crisis Center, Center for Community Solutions, as the East County Sexual Assault Victim Advocate. Her passion is in providing survivors who have experienced gendered based violence with a supportive, empowering and non-judgmental advocacy approach where they can explore all options, rights and resources. Aside from providing direct clinical care, she facilitates the sexual assault support group and provides training and education. Her training education focus is facilitating the “How to Support Survivors” workshop where she provides her advocacy insight and expertise on how students, staff and faculty can best support survivors. Cindy is a San Diego native and enjoys the beach, hiking, traveling and eating.

Liz Garcia-Cabrera, MSW

Project Coordinator & Victim Advocate ( she/her/hers

Liz has worked in the CARE office since March 2015. Liz received a 60-hour Crisis Intervention Training to become a certified Victim Advocate and now provides direct services to students, staff and faculty. Liz graduated with a degree in Literature from UC Berkeley and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is a first generation college graduate and has lived abroad in Italy, Germany and Mexico.  Her multicultural identities and life experiences help her focus on providing services to international students whose first language is not English. She also has experience working with victims of crime requesting political asylum to the United States. Liz is passionate about creating a safe space survivors and empowering their choices. Liz has facilitated workshops and trainings to several different groups on campus and is the point of contact for outreach collaborations with international, transfer and graduate students. Liz is an avid runner and traveler and in her free time enjoys combining the two. Liz has visited 16 countries and ran 2 half marathons and plans to add many more to the list.

Isaiah LeDonne, MS

Confidential CARE Advocate ( he/they

Isaiah LeDonne is the confidential CARE advocate at SARC who started as of the beginning of May 2021. Isaiah is a San Diego native with experience in the non-profit sector providing support and advocacy for LGBTQ+ youth in the South Bay region through community trainings, case management and group support. Isaiah earned his B.A in Anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and achieved an M.S in Health Policy and Law at UCSF. Isaiah has passion in creating affirming care for all intersectional identities, addressing policy issues that impact accessibility and the impacts of colonialism on BIPOC communities. Isaiah also has teaching experience in the areas of community health and health ethics. In their free time Isaiah enjoys hiking, watching scary movies, video games, and hopes to visit all the National Parks in the U.S.

Ashley Cooper, MA

Special Projects and Graduate Outreach Coordinator ( she/her/hers

Ashley Cooper is an outreach coordinator with several years of experience cultivating and scaling educational programs. Upon receiving her B.A. in Sociology and Public Health from The Ohio State University, she returned to her hometown of Dayton, OH and became involved in local efforts to re-establish community equity. Her passion for social justice and program development led her to Pepperdine University where she earned her M.A. in Social Entrepreneurship and Change. In her role at CARE, she is responsible for developing relationships with campus partners, facilitating education and prevention training for graduate students, and implementing special projects. Ashley spends her leisure time enjoying the beach, outdoor shopping, and spending time with her daughter.