Utah dating violence bill
Those counselors help students by listening to their concerns, referring them to other services or helping them change class schedules or living situations, among other assistance.
But information students share with them about sex assaults, including their identities, may not be confidential, which can be "a giant barrier to someone reporting on campus," Bitton said.
Turner Bitton, executive director of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, said current confidentiality laws only cover victim advocates and counselors who work in law enforcement, community nonprofits or are covered by medical privacy laws.
But other counseling college students may receive on campus could come from advocates required to report assaults.
“An unhealthy relationship is like being on a roller coaster,” Pena told attendees.