HELP AND SUPPORT
Villanova seeks to provide extensive resource options and support to anyone who has experienced or been impacted by sexual misconduct.
IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE: SAFETY AND MEDICAL SUPPORT
Villanova Public Safety
Phone: 610-519-4444 (Emergency)
Accepts reports; conducts criminal and/or administrative investigations; serves as liaison with other law enforcement agencies.
Student Health Center
Health Services Building
Provides medical care, including confidential and free testing for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, and predatory drugs such as GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine.
Bryn Mawr Hospital
130 S. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Provides medical treatment and collection of evidence. Under Pennsylvania law, a hospital medical provider is required to notify law enforcement of a reported sexual assault. The Complainant may decline to speak with a law enforcement officer or participate in a criminal prosecution.
Jane Doe Reports: Bryn Mawr Hospital will complete a rape kit anonymously, also known as a Jane Doe report. In this instance, a rape kit is completed, turned over to the police, but the victim's name is not provided to the police. This gives a victim the ability to obtain a forensic exam and decide later if they would like to pursue a criminal investigation.
A note about seeking medical assistance:
Bring someone you trust: If you feel comfortable, bring someone you trust such as a friend, family member, or university staff member such as a Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator.
Try not to shower: For a sexual assault forensic exam, try not to shower, bathe, douche, wash your hands, brush your teeth, comb your hair, use a toilet, eat/drink, smoke, chew gum, or change your clothes. This may be difficult, but doing so could impact evidence collection should you decide to report the incident to the police.
Bring a change of clothes: Store any items of clothing worn, including shoes, at the time of the assault in a paper bag.
Seek prompt medical attention: In addition to evaluating and treating injuries, the timely gathering of evidence is important should you ever decide to pursue a police investigation.
I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE
Delaware County Victim Assistance Center
Uwill Crisis Phone Line: 833-646-1526
Student Health Center Nursing Staff
Note: Student Health Center nurses are available 24/7 when classes are in session. Nurses are not required to report your name, though they will report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator or the Title IX Deputy.
University Counseling Center
Augustinians and clergy members in a pastoral capacity
Confidentiality will be maintained by a counselor, therapist, or priest acting in a pastoral capacity under all circumstances, except when there is an immediate threat of serious harm to a person, suspected child abuse, or court order.
Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County
Victim Services of Montgomery County, Inc.
Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center
Supportive measures are available regardless of whether someone chooses to file a formal complaint with the University or report to the police. You can seek assistance by contacting the Title IX Coordinator, SARC team member, Respondent Resource Coordinator, Dean of Students Office or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Some supportive measures include (but are not limited to):
- Academic Accommodations
The University recognizes how an experience or allegation of sexual misconduct can impact classwork and attendance. The University can offer reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations to involved parties.
- Living Accommodations
The University can offer involved parties a temporary or permanent change in on-campus living arrangements.
- Emotional Support
The University will assist in providing counseling services through the University Counseling Center (for students), Health Advocate (for employees), or will assist in providing a referral to off-campus support agencies.
- No Contact Order
- Campus Escort
I WANT TO HELP A FRIEND
- Listen and offer support
- Believe them
- Let them know what has happened is not their fault
- Put aside your feelings and seek help for yourself
- Help connect them to campus and community resources
- Respect their privacy
- Support their choice of resolution
- Be dependable and available
- Be patient
- The emotional and psychological effects of sexual misconduct may occur several weeks, months and even years following the incident. Seek counseling at any time to help you or your friend.
Learn about emotional reactions to sexual misconduct at the RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) website. Encourage your friends to read it, too.
Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator Team (SARC)
The SARC team is a group of Villanova staff and faculty members who care deeply about the issue of sexual violence and have completed extensive training on how to support survivors of sexual violence at Villanova.
Whether the incident occurred recently or days, weeks, months, even years ago, Villanova students can always seek the support of a SARC.