Division of Campus Life

Help After Sexual Violence

You are not alone. Sexual violence and other forms of gender-based harassment can leave one feeling a mixture of emotions including fear, confusion, shame and doubt. Brown encourages community members to seek help when navigating these experiences.

There is a range of resources available to faculty, staff and students seeking help after sexual violence and harassment. From urgent care immediately following an incident, to emergency contraception and STD testing, to help securing a no-contact order, to healing support options that are available whenever you are ready, we are here to support you. 

Confidential resources are noted. In many other cases, staff members who are mandatory reporters must report all disclosures or knowledge of alleged prohibited conduct to the Title IX and Gender Equity Office. 

Immediate Help

It is best to seek medical care within 72 hours to preserve evidence if you have been assaulted. You may decide later whether or not you want to pursue criminal charges and/or a formal complaint process. 

Dial 911 in any circumstance where you or anyone else is in imminent threat of harm or safety is compromised. 

If you are experiencing an immediate threat to safety, contact the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 401-863-4111 (or dial x3-4111 from any campus location). 

If you are injured or want immediate medical treatment, or if you are considering a sexual assault evidence collection exam (i.e., "rape kit"), go directly to the Rhode Island Hospital Emergency Department, Women and Infants Hospital Emergency Department or Hasbro Children’s Hospital Emergency Department (or the hospital nearest to you). 

For other resources at Brown, both during and after regular office hours, visit Campus Life Emergency Contacts.

Emergency Medical and Emotional Health Needs

Brown University Sexual Assault Response Line (confidential)
24/7 crisis response.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) (confidential)
Emergency response is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

University Health Services (confidential)
Medical care, testing and treatment. Emergency contraceptive pills and treatment for sexually transmitted infections are available. Resources and information about time-sensitive medical decisions (such as evidence collection, emergency contraception and drug screenings) are listed. 

Sexual Assault Information and Support Resources at BWell Health Promotion

Survivor Resource Guide: Help After Sexual Harm 
An interactive online guide with an overview of options for support, medical care, reporting an incident and other needs. Some options are time-sensitive. 

First Five Days After Sexual Assault
Safety and medical decisions, options on and off campus, and more.

SHARE (Sexual Harm Acute Response & Empowerment) Advocates (confidential)
Confidential support for all undergraduate, graduate, and medical students Brown students.

How to Help a Friend
Resources and strategies for helping a friend who has experienced sexual violence or sexual/gender-based harassment. 

Male Survivors
Resources and information for men who have experienced sexual assault.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Hotlines

Helpline RI (confidential)
Rhode Island’s free, confidential, 24/7 support and advocacy hotline for those impacted by crimes of violence. The Helpline is a partnership of Day One RI (sexual assault information and support) and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (domestic/dating violence resources and support).

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) National Sexual Assault Hotline (confidential)
Online chat option available at online.RAINN.org.

No Contact Orders

A No Contact Order is a non-disciplinary mandate that prohibits any direct or indirect contact with another member of the Brown community. No Contact Orders apply to the parties involved equally. The offices listed below can manage No Contact Orders for the specified campus constituents.

Title IX and Gender Equity Office
Supports: Faculty, postdoctoral scholars, staff and students
The Title IX office can implement a No Contact Order between current and active members of the Brown University community.
20 Benevolent Street, Providence, RI 02906

Student Conduct and Community Standards
Supports: Undergraduate, graduate and medical students
The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards can implement No Contact Orders between students.
Graduate Center E, 4th Floor
42 Charlesfield Street, Providence, RI 02906

Department of Public Safety 
Supports: Faculty, staff and students
The Department of Public Safety can issue a campus trespass order or assist students in obtaining a court-mandated restraining order.
Emergency Line: 401-863-4111
Non-Emergency: 401-863-3322
75 Charlesfield Street, Providence, RI 02912