Sexual Violence Response

Sexual Violence Response Update

August 15, 2014 - Sexual Violence Response (SVR) renovations are completed at Alfred Lerner Hall.

June 11, 2014 - 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.

Whether you want to create a safe environment for friends, family or your community, a survivor of sexual assautl or sexual violence, or a student who needs related resources, Sexual Violence Response & the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center are here to support you.

Sexual Violence Response is:

Advocacy

Empowering survivors and co-suvivors of violence by providing options and supportint their choices

  • accompanies student survivors to emergency departments, NYPD, campus departments or other relevant agencies
  • provides support and information about filing a complaint with teh University's Gender-Based Misconduct Office, local law enforcement, or civil courts.
  • is a confidential resource and connects the campus community to resources.

Prevention

Stopping violence before it starts by fostering healthy attitudes, actions, and norms through education and by encouraging community responsibility.

  • provides education training, and community events.

Outreach

Proving the campus community with information and resources.

  • Talk 20 - 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.
  • Consent. Talk. Education - is 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-HELP.

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

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

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:

Resources

 

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

Stalking

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

Reporting

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

Gender-Based Misconduct Office (reporting to the University)
(212) 854-1717

NYC Hate Crimes Hotline: (212) 335-3100

Legal

LawHelp.org

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

 

FAQs

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 August 19, 2014