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 here.
- 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
- Drexel University Public Safety
- Drexel University Victim Services provides a range of support services including emotional and crisis support, assistance filing private criminal complaints and Victims Compensation (if eligible), court accompaniment, and assistance obtaining a Protection from Abuse Order and intervention in matters of harassment and intimidation.
- Counseling Center
215.895.1415 during business hours
215.416.3337 for after-hour emergencies
- Student Health Center
- Office for Institutional Equity and Inclusive Culture (Title IX resource page)
- Women Organized Against Rape provides telephone counseling, crisis intervention, emergency room counseling, follow-up, referrals, court companions, advocacy, education, training, and literature. 24-hour Hotline: 215.985.3333
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)
- National Sexual Assault Online Hotline: free, confidential, and secure service that provides live help over the RAINN website
- Courdea (formerly Menergy): counseling and therapy program for people who have been verbally or physically harmful in relationships. Services in English and Spanish.
- National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community
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