If you believe you have experienced an assault - remember, it is not your fault.
If you experience sexual assault, the following guidance is important to consider
Get to a safe place. After experiencing a traumatizing event such as sexual assault, it can be important to find a place where you feel comfortable and safe from harm. This location could be: Your room, a friend’s room, a local hospital, Public Safety or a Police station
CALL FOR ASSISTANCE
If on campus, you can call Public Safety at 212-854-3362
If off campus, you can call 911 for NYPD assistance
For confidential guidance, call a Peer or Professional Advocate from the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center at 212-854-HELP (4357) – available 24/7 during the academic year
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
If you have been assaulted, visiting an ER (where you will likely find staff such as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, who are trained in working with individuals who experience sexual violence). Medical professionals can help you - check for injuries, be screened and educated regarding sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy and to collect evidence.
Evidence collection in NYC does not require you to file a police report, but preserving evidence allows you options. For the purposes of evidence collection, it is recommended that you avoid eating/drinking, showering, brushing your teeth or changing your clothes. Even if you have done any of these things, evidence can still be collected and it remains important that you seek medical attention. You may wish to bring a change of clothes with you (or have a friend bring you a change of clothes) when you do seek medical attention.
CONSIDER TALKING WITH A COUNSELOR
Counseling provides a confidential space to talk about your experience and is often helpful for survivors or co-survivors.
Reporting the crime to NYPD or filing a police complaint. Assistance can be provided by Public Safety.
Report to the College to understand procedures and resources, to seek disciplinary action, discuss interim measures (for example, extended time for academic needs; schedule accommodations for work; or housing reassignment) or seek other accommodation requests.
Columbia Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center is on the web at health.columbia.edu/services/svprp
Rape Crisis /Anti-Violence Support Center 105 Hewitt 212-854-HELP (4357)
The Rape Crisis /Anti-Violence Support Center (also referred to as the RCC or Center) provides peer and professional advocacy and education to the entire University student community. If you are a survivor of sexual assault and would like to talk to someone immediately, call 212-854-HELP to speak to someone and/or schedule a time to meet. Advocates assist survivors by accompanying them to the hospital, health services, the police, public safety, court, campus disciplinary proceedings and other resources. They also help survivors make informed decisions about reporting and disciplinary options. Advocates receive a minimum of 50 hours of training and are supervised by Columbia and Barnard counseling clinicians.
Learn more about sexual violence resources through men's peer education, RCC peer educators, and other advocacy/outreach services.
Primary Care Health Service is located in Brooks, Lower Level 212-854-2091
Furman Counseling Center is located in Hewitt, First Floor 212-854-2091
ASAP (Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program) is located at 96 Brooks 212-854-2128
Well Woman is located at 119 Reid Hall 212-854-3063
Well Woman offers a space to promote the health and wellness of Barnard students through a variety of programming activities. Visit or volunteer - more information can be found online http://barnard.edu/wellwoman.
Crime Victims Treatment Center of St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital (CVTC) http://www.cvtc-slr.org
CVTC provides respectful treatment of survivors of family and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and other forms of violence and crime.
St. Luke's (Mt. Sinai) Emergency Medical Services www.stlukeshospitalnyc.org/emergency_svcs_nyc_landing.aspx
As the first hospital in New York to establish a specialized, highly acclaimed treatment service for victims of sexual assault, we have SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) examiners available 24 hours a day. SAFE examiners devote their full attention to the victim’s needs, and only with the victim’s consent, collect evidence that can be used to prosecute the crime.
Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is a New York based resource. AVP provides free and confidential assistance to thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected (LGBTQH) people each year from all five boroughs of New York City through direct client services and community organizing and public advocacy. Find more information on their website at www.avp.org or reach their bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline at 212.714.1141.
Additonal New York City resources and information can be found on the city government website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/living/violence-help-adults.shtml
There is a wealth of information and support available online. Below are a few resources that can be helpful to learn more about sexual violence behaviors and resources.
Intimate partner violence. Also referred to as Domestic Violence, Relationship Violence, or Dating Violence.
Learn more about IPV behaviors: www.loveisrespect.org/is-this-abuse/power-and-control-wheel
Stalking. Learn more about Stalking behaviors: www.victimsofcrime.org/docs/src
Learn more about Rape and Sexual Assault: www.safehorizon.org
Online support and information about the impact of Sexual Assault: www.rainn.org/get-information/effects-of-sexual-assault
Healthy Relationships and Self Care.
Give and expect respect. Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline project, loveisrespect.org, described as the ultimate resource to engage, educate and empower youth and young adults to prevent and end abusive relationships.