No one ever deserves to be assaulted, and persons who commit sexual assault do so out of a need to control, dominate, abuse, and humiliate.
St. John’s University is committed to supporting survivors of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking by providing the necessary safety and support services so that students can remain at St. John’s University, meet academic standards, obtain necessary health/mental health treatment, and maintain social relationships. This is written for survivors of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence, to provide support as well as important information about prohibited conduct, available resources on and off campus, and ways to file a complaint in order to assist survivors in the recovery process and in their efforts to heal from this unacceptable form of violence. If you have survived sexual misconduct or know someone who has, please be assured that there are people who care about what you have endured.
You are not alone in what happened to you, or in how you feel, no matter what form your experience took. It is important for you to know that the feelings, reactions, and questions you may be experiencing are similar to those of other people who have been victimized through no fault of their own. Sexual misconduct is never the fault of the victim. You are not to blame for what another person has done to you. You, as others have, can learn to regain a sense of power over your life. You may feel very isolated and alone, but there are resources and support available and people ready and able to help you.
While the needs and issues of different populations on campus may be unique, the resources, support and procedures apply to all students.
Whether you are an undergraduate student, a graduate student, a woman or man, identify as LGBTQ or cisgender or straight, you receive the same dedicated support and services at St. John’s University. Emotional support, counseling, advisement regarding your options, medical treatment, and academic assistance are all available. Please review this as the first step in understanding how St. John’s University can support you. If you have questions about this document please ask them of any of the support resources listed.
You have the right to make a report to Public Safety, the local law enforcement and state police or choose not to report; to report the incident to St. John’s University; to be protected by the University from retaliation for reporting an incident; and to receive assistance and resources from the University.
The first step in taking care of yourself is making sure you are physically well. Even if you do not have any visible physical injuries following an incident of any form of sexual assault, dating violence, intimate partner violence and/or stalking, there may be physical injuries that you cannot see. Medical and health centers can provide additional services such as testing for sexually transmitted diseases, evidence collection, and/or counseling. New York State has a network of hospitals with Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Programs. SAFE Programs have specially trained health professionals who provide medical care to patients who report sexual assault, including evaluation, treatment, referral and follow-up. Trained advocates may also be available to provide you with additional support and to guide you through the experience at the hospital.
Since evidence dissipates quickly, you may wish to preserve evidence are encouraged to seek medical attention within 48 hours (and no more than 96 hours) of the incident. Preservation of evidence is important for possible use in legal actions or requests for civil no-contact orders and/or orders of protection. If you choose to preserve evidence, it is important that you do not bathe, douche, brush your teeth or comb your hair.
Also, the clothes you were wearing may be held as evidence, so it is recommended that you bring a change of clothes with you to the hospital. Additionally, photographs may be taken of you, including anywhere there are bruises, scrapes or cuts. If you are unsure about participating in criminal prosecution, having the evidence preserved will help keep your options open. Taking the step to gather evidence immediately will not commit you to a specific course of action; you do not have to make a police report.
If you would like to receive medical care, you may call 911, call Public Safety at 718-990-5252, or visit one of the hospitals with SAFE programs listed on the next page. The University offers free transportation to and from a hospital for a SAFE examination.
Experiencing sexual assault, dating violence, intimate partner violence and/or stalking may bring up many different types of feelings that can be painful, confusing, and/or overwhelming. Obtaining support from family and friends can be very beneficial to your healing. In addition, enlisting support from a professional who is specially trained in working with survivors of sexual assault can also be helpful for recovery.
Often survivors may experience acute stress that may include a range of difficulties such as nightmares, flashbacks, numbness, and withdrawal from family and friends. In addition, survivors may sometimes blame themselves, feel upset about the reactions of their friends and/or family, feel ashamed and/or angry about what happened. These responses can make it difficult for some survivors to manage these feelings alone. Many survivors find comfort in sharing their story in a supportive and confidential environment. It is also possible to learn new coping skills and facilitate returning to activities that you find meaningful and important. You have a number of options if you would like to receive support. Both on and off campus resources are available to all survivors.
The Center for Counseling and Consultation (CCC) has mental health professionals available to provide support and assistance. Services at the CCC are free and confidential.
The Campus Support Advisor is a trained SJU Administrator who serves as a confidential resource to survivors. The CSA will provide information on SJU procedures, discuss all remedies available to you, and facilitate referrals for other needs you might have.
Campus ministers are available for spiritual support and follow-up referrals.
Student Health Services also has staff available to provide medical assistance and support. Services are free and confidential.
New York State Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence HotlineProvides crisis intervention, shelter services, and referrals.
New York City Domestic Violence Hotline
LifeNetProvides multilingual helpline for crisis intervention, mobile crisis team, and mental health referrals.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Hotline
Safe Horizon Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline
Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
LGBTQ and HIV-Affected Victims Anti-Violence Project
Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI) at Elmhurst HospitalSAVI provides free and confidential support services for female and male victims of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and relationship abuse.
Safe HorizonSafe Horizon’s community programs offer crisis intervention, case management, practical/emergency assistance, information and referrals, individual counseling, support groups, advocacy, and community/public education presentations.
Queens Rape Counseling CenterNot-for-profit center providing individuals (ages 4+) who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and/or other trauma with outpatient psychotherapy, play/art therapy, and group counseling.
Turning PointTurning Point is a community based, nonprofit organization addressing the needs of Muslim women and children. Culturally and religiously sensitive staff provide free and confidential counseling, advocacy, and referral services for women and children affected by domestic violence.
NY Asian Women’s CenterNY Asian Women’s Center helps women and their children overcome domestic violence and other forms of abuse by empowering them to govern their own lives. The Center provides a safe haven through multi-lingual support programs and shelter services.
New York City Children’s Centers (NYCCC): Brooklyn Behavioral Health ClinicThe BHC provides services to youth ages 5-21 that have exhibited mental health and/or behavioral challenges. The BHC also provides services to children and adolescents who have committed sexual crimes.
CAMBA: Rape Crisis Services CAMBA’s Rape Crisis Services & Hotline (RCS) helps victim survivors of rape and sexual assault and their families residing in Brooklyn. RCS offers services including accompanying victim survivors and family members to hospitals and/or police precincts (if requested) and to mental health counseling facilities.
Coney Island Hospital - Rape Crisis Program Public hospital-based program offering counseling and medical services to victims of rape and sexual abuse who enter through Coney Island Hospital’s ER.
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center - Rape Crisis ProgramWHMC serves clients who are primary or secondary victims of domestic violence, sexual assault/rape or other crime. All services are free and confidential regardless of sex, gender expression or immigration status.
Bellevue Hospital Center: Adult Survivors Of Rape and Sexual Assault Counseling ProgramThis is an outpatient clinic for adult (18+) survivors of rape or sexual assault that offers free individual counseling.
Beth Israel Medical Center: Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence InterventionProgram offers long and short-term counseling with social workers who have many years of experience working with trauma survivors and groups for survivors that meet periodically.
Harlem Hospital: Center For Victim SupportServices include crisis counseling, advocacy, therapy, support groups, and information (referrals).
Mount Sinai Medical Center: Adolescent Victims ProgramAn outpatient comprehensive mental and medical health service for adolescent survivors (ages 10-21) of sexual abuse and their family members.
Mount Sinai Medical Center: Mt. Sinai SAVI: Survivors of RapeThis is part of the SAVI Rape Crisis program of Mt. Sinai Hospital. Offers individual counseling and groups sometimes.
New York Presbyterian Hospital Domestic and Other Violent Emergencies (DOVE) ProgramThe DOVE Program provides free crisis intervention as well as short and long term individual and family counseling, and support groups.
Safe Horizon: Rape Crisis CenterProvide short-term crisis counseling and advocacy for crime and trauma survivors who live in the Bronx. Advocacy includes entitlements assistance and assistance within the criminal justice system.
Violence Intervention Program (VIP) Inc.This organization specializes and focuses on Latina victims of domestic violence who are in need of culturally sensitive services to free themselves from their abusive relationships.
Gay and Lesbian Antiviolence ProjectAVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical CenterOffers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week sexual assault and domestic violence counselors in the Emergency Department; short-term individual counseling.
Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center Family Crisis Services/Crime Victim Assistance ProgramNot-for-profit mental health center that provides trauma survivors with therapeutic counseling, case management, crisis intervention, and psychiatric care.
North Central Bronx Hospital: Sexual Assault Treatment ProgramThis is a 24 hour service that provides help to those who have been recently raped or sexually assaulted and reside in Bronx.
Jacobi Medical Center-Family Advocacy CenterThe Family Advocacy Center is dedicated to the identification, assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who have been sexually abused or physically abused and/or neglected.
Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc.
AT THE SAFE PLACEThe Safe Center offers a broad spectrum of services from counseling to housing, from advocacy to referrals, etc. through a highly trained, compassionate staff of professionals qualified to provide the highest level of services to enhance the recovery of trauma victims and their non-offending family members.
Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk (VIBS) Family Violence and Rape Crisis CenterVIBS provides hotline intervention, counseling, advocacy, court accompaniment, outreach, and community education.
The Retreat – Domestic Violence ServicesServices include a residential shelter, a 24/7 domestic violence crisis hotline, individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, and a violence prevention education program taught in local area schools. All services are provided free of charge.
631-329-4398 and -2200www.theretreatinc.org
Safe Horizon Community ProgramsSafe Horizon’s Community Programs offer crisis intervention, case management, practical/emergency assistance, information and referrals, individual counseling, support groups, advocacy, and community/public education presentations.
Seamen’s Society for Children and Families: Safe Passage ProgramSafe Passage is a non-residential domestic violence intervention program on Staten Island. Services include crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, legal services and parent/child support groups.
888-837-6687 ext. 4792www.seamenssociety.org
In compliance with NYS Law 129-B addressing sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, St. John’s University students have the following rights:
The following supportive measures are available to all students who are victims of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and/or stalking regardless if he or she chooses to file a report or discloses the incident confidentially to members of the Center for Counseling and Consultation, Health Services, or Campus Support Advisor:
Students that report an incident to any mandated reporter (Public Safety, Employee or Faculty member) may also receive the following supportive measures: