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Sexual Assault and Violence

The Drexel University Counseling Center provides free and confidential counseling services to students who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation or other violence.

What to do if you have been sexually assaulted

  • Get to a safe place. Call someone you know and trust who can provide support.
  • If you live on campus, you can contact your RA, Resident Director, or the Department of Public Safety at 215.895.2222. You may also dial 911.
  • Contact a close friend or relative for support. If you live on-campus, you may also contact your Resident Assistant for help.
  • Though it may go against your instincts, you should not bathe, shower, or discard any clothes you are wearing. While this may be difficult, it is important to preserve any potential evidence if you decide to press charges.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as you can, preferably within 24 hours. Drexel University Victim Services can accompany you to a specialized center best equipped to provide the medical care and forensic attention you need in this situation (Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center, also known as PSARC, located at 300 E. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia. Their 24-hour Hotline number is 215.425.1625.)
  • You can report the assault to the Drexel Title IX Office at drexel.edu/oed/reporting/Title-IX/reporting.
  • Seek counseling. Early intervention helps survivors recover. Visit drexel.edu/counseling-center
  • Remember that you are not alone!

How to help someone who has been sexually assaulted

It is not always easy to know what to say or do when someone tells you they were sexually assaulted. Support can mean many things, including non-judgmental listening and/or providing resources. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) has a resource for tips for talking with survivors of sexual assault: www.rainn.org/articles/tips-talking-survivors-sexual-assault


Campus, Community, and Online Resources

The content provided here is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment, nor should it replace the consultation of a trained medical or mental health professional. Please note that outside links are not under our control, and we cannot guarantee the content contained on them.