If you, or someone you know, is a survivor of sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking, Ursinus College has resources available to you.
Report An Assault
To report an assault, contact a member of the Ursinus Crisis Response Team by calling 610-409-3344.
Get to a safe place immediately.
Contact someone who can help you right now, such as a friend, family member, or an advocate.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Even if you do not want to report to the police, or if it has been a while since the assault, you may still benefit from medical attention. Einstein Montgomery Hospital has a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) program which utilizes specially trained nurses to collect evidence and administer care. In addition to collecting evidence, health concerns such as sexually transmitted disease (STD), pregnancy, and treatment of injuries will be addressed. It is important to have the evidence collected because, although you may not want to pursue criminal action immediately, you may change your mind in the future.
If you want evidence be collected at the hospital, do not shower, bathe, douche, wash your hands, brush your teeth, or comb your hair. Even though you may desperately want to clean yourself, you may destroy important evidence if you do so. If you have done any of the things mentioned, it is ok, it may still be possible to find evidence. You are encouraged to bring a change of clothing if you choose to have medical personnel collect evidence.
The Wellness Center also provides pregnancy testing, STD prevention, emergency contraception and evaluation services.
Report the incident.
Ursinus College encourages survivors to report all cases of sexual assault. Reporting an incident to the College is different from prosecuting. You are not obligated after reporting an incident to cooperate in a criminal investigation.
To report an assault, contact a member of the Ursinus Crisis Response Team by calling 610-409-3344. A trained team member will meet with you to provide support and immediate interventions, which may include:
- Referrals to appropriate law enforcement agencies
- Referrals for medical treatment and/or counseling at the Wellness Center, and/or the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County.
- Alternative accommodations for College housing, employment arrangements or academics.
Get Emotional Support
Tell someone you trust. There are resources available both on and off campus to provide you with guidance and support after a sexual assault. In addition to members of the Crisis Response Team, the following resources are available to all Ursinus College students:
- Wellness Center: 610-409-3100 – Campus counselors are available to provide confidential support during business hours.
- Victim Services Center of Montgomery County 24 hour hotline: 610-277-5200 – In addition to the 24 hour crisis hotline, Victim Services offers free legal advocacy, individual and group therapy, and other resources for victims of crime.
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