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Fall 2020

In the effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the SARC team continues to provide 24-hour support to our community. At this time, the SARC team is functioning largely by phone and virtual meetings. Our team will continue to work this way until further notice or unless it is necessary to meet with a student in person, following all University guidelines for in-person meetings. In an effort to provide support services to students who have experienced sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and any form of sexual violence, the SARC team will continue to respond to calls, texts and emails at all times.

For those students already working with a member of the SARC teamwe will continue reaching out remotely, either online or by phone. We encourage students who are looking to reach out to the SARC team for the first time to call 484-343-6028 or email sarc@villanova.edu.

Accompaniment to local hospital and other community services: In consultation with the Department of Public Health, we are suspending SARC accompaniment services until further notice. Students have the opportunity to connect with a SARC team member pre-post medical evaluation. Please remember that evidence collection can only happen within five days (5) of an assault. For students with questions about the sexual assault exam and evidence collection, you can contact Delaware County Women Against Rape at

As we make our way through this semester, we want to express that we are all important to the Caritas Commitment. Regardless of any one person’s level of risk, it is up to all of us to take steps to stop the virus from traveling through our communities to reduce the likelihood that the virus will find its way to those who are most vulnerable. It is also important to not allow harmful stereotypes and racist messages to go unchecked. Dehumanizing people is at the root of sexual violence and it’s part of our work to push back against oppression in all its forms. In addition, we want to acknowledge that it is often people already dealing with many challenges and barriers who face the greatest risk in times like this. Our communities are only as strong as our most vulnerable. Our communities will be stronger if we each follow advice like washing our hands, maintaining appropriate physical distance, wearing masks, and staying home when we are sick.