Sexual Violence Response

Sexual Violence Response Update

July 1, 2014 - Renovations are underway at Alfred Lerner Hall for Sexual Violence Response.

June 11, 2014 - Sexual Violence Response (SVR) is currently searching for qualified individuals to join their professional team.

May 8, 2014 - We sincerely thank all students for their interests in our volunteer program.

Sexual Violence Response provides comprehensive and integrated education about sexual and relationship violence. Through innovative programming and community collaboration, Sexual Violence Response empowers students to heal from sexual violence, make informed decisions, and take action to end sexual and relationship violence.

Call us (212) 854-HELP/4357
Contact Sexual Violence Response 365/24/7.

Sexual Assault Emergency Resources
What to do if you've been sexually assaulted, stalked or experience intimate partner violence

Check below for off-campus resources


Sexual Violence Response strives to prevent sexual, intimate partner and gender-based violence by challenging rape culture and the systems that facilitate violence. The office works to promote behaviors that support positive, healthy and consensual relationships and support survivors and co-survivors of violence through advocacy, connection to resources, community education, training and engagement.

Advocacy and Outreach

Talk20 Campaign

Aimed at Columbia administrators and staff, Talk20 is an initiative designed to increase awareness of on-campus resources for survivors of sexual assault or sexual violence. In 20 minutes, our team will offer information about resources at Columbia University and discuss how administrators and staff best support survivors of violence.

To schedule a Talk20 discussion with your department, please contact Sexual Violence Response at (212) 854-3500 or email

Keeping Sex Sexy Campaign

Keeping Sex Sexy. Consent. Talk.

Keeping Sex Sexy is a campaign designed to promote healthy sexuality, communication, and consent among Columbia University students.  The goal of this initiative is to provide students with the tools and skills to build healthy consensual relationships and sexual interactions that are free from violence and coercion. 

For more information or to request a workshop, please contact Sexual Violence Response at (212) 854-3500 or email


Materials are available for educational purposes. Please contact SVR at to request materials or permission to reprint brochures, pamphlets or posters.

Stay Connected with SVR!

Become part of the movement to end sexual violence! If you have any questions or want more information, stay connected with SVR by:

History of Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center

The Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center (RC/AVSC) was founded in 1991 as a joint program between Barnard College and Columbia University. Motivated by growing national awareness about sexual assault on college campuses, student activists and administrative allies collaborated to open this on-campus resource. Over the years, the services of the RC/AVSC have expanded with the needs and resources of the community. The RC/AVSC is a part of Sexual Violence Response and offers services to the entire University community.

Sexual violence affects all of us. Every year, one in five college women and an untold number of men will experience rape or attempted rape, and many more will experience another form of sexual violence. Each survivor has friends, partners, roommates, and family members who are affected as they try to respond and help.

Men's Peer Education

Men’s Peer Education (MPE) is an important component of Sexual Violence Response and Columbia Health’s Sexual Violence Prevention strategies.  MPE works to engage men as allies in ending sexual violence, relationship violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment or Power-Based Personal Violence (PBPV).  MPE does this through campus events, discussions, workshops and leadership training programs. 

Engaging men in the work to end PBPV is a key component in primary prevention.  Primary prevention is concerned with collective behavior change rather than increasing knowledge or awareness of PBPV.  While it is also important to create awareness of these issues, the focus of primary prevention is to reduce and/or stop PBPV from happening in the first place.   

MPE works to address the risk factors that create the conditions for the perpetration of PBPV while at the same time supporting the protective factors that will decrease the likelihood of perpetration.  MPE also trains students to become more effective allies and campus leaders.

The majority of perpetrators of sexual violence are men, but the majority of men do not commit sexual violence! In fact, statistics show that 1 in 33 men report that they had experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault as a child or adult.  Sexual violence affects everyone and it is important for men to see other men speaking out against violence.  

MPE’s have a positive role to play in prevention by aiming relevant messages at men,  supporting healthy models of masculinities, and promoting gender equity. We support men at Columbia in having better, healthier relationships and a fuller, more successful college experience.



Sexual Assault

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network
24-hour Hotline: (800) 656-HOPE (4673)

Safe Horizon Rape Crisis/Sexual Abuse Hotline
(212) 227-3000

St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital
Crime Victims Treatment Center
Phone: (212) 523-4728

New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault

Intimate Partner Violence

Safe Horizon
(800) 621-HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence Hotline
24-hour Hotline:  (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or (800) 787-3244 (TTY)

St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital
Crime Victims Treatment Center
(212) 523-4728

New York Presbyterian Hospital DOVE : Domestic and Other Violent Emergencies Program
(212) 305-9060


Victims of Crime Stalking Resource Center
(800)  FYI-CALL Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. EST

Identity-Based Resources

NYC Anti-Violence Project (LGBTQ+)
24-hour Hotline: (212) 714-1141

The Network laRed (LGBTQ+)
(617) 742-4911

New York Asian Women’s Center  
24-hour Hotline (888) 888-7702

SOVRI Helpline: Support for Orthodox Victims of Rape and Incest Helpline
(888) 613-1613
Open Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Friday 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Takanot Project, SAVI Program of Mt. Sinai Hospital (Orthodox)
(212) 423-2144

Sauti Yetu: Center for African Women & Children
(718) 665-2486

Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) (women who are/have served in the military)
(888) 729-2089
Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SAKHI for South Asian Women
(212) 868-6741


New York City Police Department Special Victims Report Line
(212) 267-RAPE (7273)

Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Adult Sexual Assault Unit
( 212) 335-9373

Student Services for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct (reporting to the University)
(212) 854-1717

NYC Hate Crimes Hotline: (212) 335-3100


NYS Crime Victims Board - (800) 247-8035

National Crime Victims Bar Association (202) 467-8753

Connect, Inc. (212) 683-0605

Break the Cycle - (800) 214-4150

Legal Momentum
(212) 925-6635  

NYC Family Justice Center Manhattan
(212) 602-2800



Where can survivors of sexual violence get help on-campus?

If you are a survivor of sexual assault and would like to talk to someone immediately, please contact a Peer Advocate at (212) 854-HELP. We offer emotional support, accompaniment, and referrals to survivors and their supporters, and educate students, administrators, and faculty around the dynamics and effects of sexual violence and relationship violence.

To make a report, visit the Student Services for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct website.

For a full list of on-campus resources, please visit the Emergency page.

How do I access services at the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center?

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, gender-based harrassment or gender-based violence and would like to talk to someone immediately, please contact a Peer Advocate at (212) 854-HELP. Peer Advocates assist survivors by accompanying them to the hospital, health services, the police, public safety, court, campus disciplinary proceedings and other resources. They also help survivors make informed decisions about reporting and disciplinary options.

Peer Advocates are available 24/7 during the academic year. To call a Peer Advocate, dial (212) 854-HELP and press "1". Leave a message with a safe number and a Peer Advocate will call you back within 10 minutes.

They are also available by phone and appointment Tuesdays and Thursdays-Sundays from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. If you have an appointment scheduled with a Peer Advocate during these hours, you may go to 105 Hewitt. You can access Hewitt Hall through Brooks Hall in the Barnard Quad. Check in at the Security Desk and tell them you are going to 105 Hewitt. Please remember to bring your University ID.

How do I help a friend who has experienced sexual assault?

Seventy percent of student survivors of sexual assault tell a friend or someone else they know that they were assaulted. Active support of a friend is a primary factor that distinguishes those who report from those who do not.

Listen. Believe unconditionally. People rarely lie about being sexually assaulted. Be sure your friend knows how much you support him/her.

Let the survivor control the situation. Let your friend determine the pace of healing. Help your friend understand the options available, and encourage your friend to keep his/her options open. Most important, allow your friend to make his/her own decisions.

Assure your friend it was not his/her fault. No one asks to be sexually assaulted. Avoid blaming questions and judgmental statements such as, ”Why didn’t you scream?” or ”If I ever get my hands on the creep. . .” Do not search for things your friend should have done.

Give your full attention. A friend may confide in you 10 minutes or 10 years after the assault. It does not matter so much what you say but how well you listen. Remember that your friend’s sense of trust has been violated, so one of the most important things you can do is respect his/her need for confidentiality.

Trust your instincts. If the assault happened recently, encourage your friend to get medical attention as soon as possible.

Do not be afraid to ask for outside help. Your friend may need medical attention or counseling. Offer to help your friend through these processes. Your friend can get medical attention from a private doctor, a clinic, or a hospital emergency room. Only the emergency room can collect evidence that can be used in a criminal trial. It is the patient's legal right to decide to report. Bringing a friend or advocate to the ER can be very helpful.

How do I become a volunteer with SVR?

There are many opportunities for current students to get involved with Sexual Violence Response by applying online:

SVR Volunteer

New Student Orientation Consent Educator

My student group would like some education on sexual violence. Where can I request a workshop or training with SVR?

We require a minimum of three weeks’ notice to schedule a workshop. Fill out our online request form.

I would like SVR to co-sponsor my group's event; how can I apply for co-sponsorship?

Student groups can apply for co-sponsorship with SVR using our online form. Please submit at least one month prior to the event.

Last updated July 03, 2014