Syracuse UniversityCounseling Center

Help for Sexual Assault

If you, or someone you know, has experienced sexual violence, there may be many confusing emotions that surface as well as questions about what to do. Immediate support to help sort out what your needs are is important. Please reach out to one of the numbers listed on this page to speak to a trained professional who can help you determine how to get help for not only any physical injuries, but more importantly, for the emotional trauma experienced. 


IF YOU HAVE BEEN PHYSICALLY ASSAULTED AND/OR HAVE IMMEDIATE SAFETY CONCERNS:

Contact any of the following resources:

You are under no obligation to file a report with the police.


IF YOU ARE IN A SAFE PLACE WITH NO PHYSICAL INJURIES AND ARE UNSURE OF YOUR NEEDS, CONSIDER CONTACTING A PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCE FOR HELP:

         Counseling Center's Sexual & Relationship Violence Response Team 

         315.443.4715 - 24 HOURS/7 DAYS PER WEEK 

         200 Walnut Place - Walk-in support service available during business hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Talk to specially trained counselors who can provide privileged and confidential guidance & support, advocacy, and counseling for victims of sexual assault and relationship violence


THINGS TO CONSIDER IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY EXPERIENCE A SEXUAL ASSAULT: 

  • Try to preserve all physical evidence. Do not urinate, bathe, shower, eat, drink, brush your teeth, wash your hands or change your clothes until you have a medical examination in the event there is any possibility that you want to make a police report now or sometime in the future.
  • You can still choose to have an exam done even if you have changed clothing, bathed, or showered.
  • If you remove your clothing, place it in a paper bag to prevent deterioration of evidence, as plastic may destroy important evidence. If you changed, take the clothing worn at the time of the assault to the hospital in a paper bag. Click here for additional information regarding sexual assault evidence collection.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible after a sexual assault even if you choose not to have an examination to collect evidence. A healthcare professional can assess for any possible injuries, provide emergency contraception (if needed) and screen for sexually transmitted infections.
  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and pregnancy are available by appointment at Syracuse University Health Services (315.443.9005) at 111 Waverly Avenue.
  • If you suspect that you might have been given a drug, testing is available through Syracuse University Health Services (315.443.9005) during their office hours, however, this testing cannot be used as evidence for criminal prosecution. 
  • If you are concerned about payment of medical expenses related to examination after a sexual assault, the Counseling Center can inform you of available financial assistance.
  • If you would like to report the incident, contact the Department of Public Safety at 315.443.2224, the University’s Title IX coordinator at 315.443.0211, or the Syracuse Police Department at 315.435.3016.  Please click here for additional information on your options for reporting the incident. For information on confidentiality regarding sexual violence click here
  • Sexual and relationship violence affect people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, ages, appearances, abilities, socioeconomic status, and national origins. The aftermath of sexual violence can be emotional, confusing and difficult. As a survivor, taking care of yourself and feeling safe is a key part of the healing process. Listen to your emotions, intuition, and instincts, and do not feel pressured to do anything beyond your level of comfort. Many survivors of sexual assault find it helpful to talk with a counselor while coping with the effects of trauma following an assault to help them sort out the conflicting emotions that may arise and to answer the many questions concerning "what to do next".


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Health Services

315.443.9005

111 Waverly Avenue

Provides privileged and confidential non-emergency medical care. This office can assess for any possible injuries, provide emergency contraception (if needed) and screen for sexually transmitted infections.

Hendricks Chapel

315.443.2901

Main Campus, Shaw Quad

Provides privileged and confidential support to students. Faith based counseling is one of the many support programs the Chapel provides.

Vera House

315.422.7273 - 24 hours, seven days a week

6181 Thompson Road #100, Syracuse, NY 13206

Vera House is a resource in the Syracuse community that provides privileged and confidential support and advocacy to survivors of sexual and relationship violence. The Vera House crisis line is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.