If You Have Experienced Sexual Assault

If you are the victim of sexual assault, dating or domestic violence and/or stalking, resources are in place to provide immediate support and assistance, as well as to ensure your health and safety, whether or not you choose to pursue a complaint or report. If you do choose to file a report  or complaint, there are several options available.

Remember: Sexual assault is never the victim's fault. Reach out- get help.

WHAT TO DO:

GET TO A SAFE PLACE

Your immediate safety is the top priority. As quickly as possbile, find a safe place away from the attacker or any potential danger.

CONTACT CAMPUS POLICE

Call Campus Police (814) 827-4488 immediately if you feel you are in danger or to report stalking, domestice violence, sexual violence or sexual assault. Even if you choose not to formally report an incident or pursue a complaint, Campus Police can help, including transporting you to emergency medical care and evaluation.

GET EMERGENCY MEDICAL ATTENTION

Receiving expert medical attention as soon as possible will protect your health and can preserve important medical evidence. Preservation of medical evidence (ideally within 72 hours of the assault) keeps your options open, since it may be needed if you choose (even at a later date)  to pursue a criminal investigation or you need emergency attention. If oral contact took place, do not brush teeth, smoke or eat. Campus police are available to transport you to the following facility:

Titusville Area Hospital
406 West Oak Street
TItusville, PA 16354
(814) 827-1851

NOTE: Only hospital emergency rooms can collect physical evidence from sexual assault. While all hospitals are required by law to report to the police any injury that is the result of a crime, this does not obligate you to file formal charges.

SEEK CONFIDENTIAL CRISIS COUNSELING

Crisis counseling can provide you with immediate emotional support and help connect you to key resources and information.

Counseling and Student Development Center, located on the second floor of the Student Union Building is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (814) 827-4465.

A 24-hour crisis-response lines available to assist victims of sexual assault/violence:

Family Service & Children’s Aid Society of Venango County
119 E. Mechanic St., Suite A
Titusville, PA 16354
814-827-4004
www.fsac.org

Women's Services
24-Hour Hotline:  888-881-0189
Titusville Office:  814-775-0445

CONSIDER YOUR REPORTING OPTIONS

There are several options for formally reporting an incident of sexual assault/violence. Survivors of assault can choose one, all or none of these options. University officials will maintain as much confidentiality as possible by law in order to keep you and the campus community safe*. Anonymous reporting of sexual assault is also possible when contacting any of the offices below, Keep in mind that anonymous reporting greatly limits the University's ability to respond to and investigate an incident.

  • File a criminal complaint with Campus Police at (814) 827-4488
  • Sexual assault is a form of sexual harassment/discrimination. Under Title IX, you may file a complaint if you are a victim of sexual assault, or if you believe you have been retaliated against for complaining of sexual assault or harassment or for providing information in an investigation. Contact: Ms. Elaine Osborn,  Title IX Liaison, (814) 827-4474.

*Different employees on campus have different ablilities to maintain confidentiality. For an overview of reporting options, see the "Confidentiality and Reporting Options: Quick Guide".