Support

Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault

It can be an extremely traumatic experience, and there are multiple resources available to help you, both on campus and off campus. Some of you may also be looking for ways to help a friend. We highly encourage victims of sexual assault to seek support as soon as they are able to after the assault. Healing is an ongoing process.

Just remember, a victim of sexual assault may experience a variety of negative emotions:

  • You may often feel numb, unsafe, regretful, guilty, overwhelmed, fearful, depressed, worthless, panicked, worthy of blame, and even suicidal.
  • You may find that you are engaging in riskier behaviors, and are prone to abuse alcohol and other drugs.
  • Some survivors may suffer post-traumatic stress syndrome, characterized by extreme depression, panic attacks, sleep problems, flashbacks, irritability, mood swings, intrusive thoughts, and nightmares. These symptoms can continue for months. They are normal reactions to a traumatic event, and can be addressed with therapy.

All of these reactions are normal. Build a strong support network, keep your body healthy, and commit yourself to moving your life forward. Eat regular meals, avoid excessive use of alcohol or other drugs, get daily physical activity and allow regular sleep. And seek support in whatever way feels right to you.

On-Campus 

You may choose to contact a trained sexual assault consultant for support and advice. Remember, Goucher supports you throughout the process. The following resources are confidential.

Health and Counseling Services (first floor of Heubeck Hall)

  • 410-337-6050 for Health Center appointments
  • 410-337-6481 for Counseling Center appointments
  • Walk-ins for counseling services

Chaplain Cynthia Terry (basement of the Chapel)

  • 410-337-6048

Rabbi Josh Snyder

  • 410-337-6545 

Peer listeners (a safe space in the Pearlstone Student Center)

  • 443-632-7799, call any night between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. to make an appointment.

TurnAround
During the academic year TurnAround has an advocate on Goucher’s campus in the Title IX offices, for 2018/19 those days will be either Tuesdays or Fridays.  Follow the Goucher Title IX Facebook page, and the Goucher App to see specific dates and times.

SALI
During the academic year TurnAround has an advocate on Goucher’s campus in the Title IX offices, for 2018/19 those days will be either Tuesdays or Fridays.  Follow the Goucher Title IX Facebook page, and the Goucher App to see specific dates and times.

Off-Campus  

TurnAround
During the academic year TurnAround has an advocate on Goucher’s campus in the Title IX offices, for 2018/19 those days will be either Tuesdays or Fridays.  Follow the Goucher Title IX Facebook page, and the Goucher App to see specific dates and times.

SALI
During the academic year TurnAround has an advocate on Goucher’s campus in the Title IX offices, for 2018/19 those days will be either Tuesdays or Fridays.  Follow the Goucher Title IX Facebook page, and the Goucher App to see specific dates and times.

GBMC
By providing choices of services in a confidential, non-judgmental atmosphere, with specially trained staff at no cost to the patient- we focus on re-empowering our survivors in order to begin the healing process and, in addition, work to end Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence in our community. 

Mercy
Mercy Medical Center is a designated treatment center for sexual assault and domestic violence in Baltimore City, with 30 specially trained Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNEs) available 24/7 to care for victims of sexual assault (aged 13 and older), victims of domestic violence, elder/institutional and vulnerable populations abuse, neglect, and maltreatment. The Forensic Nurse Examiner Program works collaboratively with criminal justice agencies and other Baltimore agencies addressing the needs of victims of violence.

On-Line

One Love
One Love is the national leader in educating young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships and galvanizing them as leaders of change.  We believe by teaching young people to #LoveBetter and what healthy behaviors look like, we can change the statistics around abuse, sexual assault and harassment.

Break the Cycle
Break the Cycle inspires and supports young people 12 - 24 to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. We are a culturally affirming organization that centers young people, caring adults, and communities in our prevention and intervention efforts. Our dynamic and diverse team believes that all young people deserve to live in a world where they can thrive.

Love is Respect  
Highly-trained advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. We also provide information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365.

MyPlan
Personalized for your situation - everyone deserves to be safe in their intimate relationship, and every situation is unique. myPlan can help you identifynavigate, and provides resources for a range of relationship abuse concerns.

Circle of 6
It’s fast, easy-to-use and private. Originally designed for college students to prevent sexual violence, we also know it’s handy for teenagers, parents, friends, or all communities seeking to foster healthy relationships and safety. Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two taps lets your circle know where you are and how they can help. Circle of 6 app for iPhone and Android makes it quick and easy to reach the 6 people you choose.  It’s the mobile way to look out for each other on campus or when you’re out for the night. A simple tool to prevent violence before it happens.

RAINN
(Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Trevor Project
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

BMORESafe app
Are you in an uncomfortable situation?Are you unsure what to do?The bMOREsafe app can help you to know what resources are available to you. The bMOREsafe app lets you know what to expect after you have been abused or assaulted, and gives you back the power of choice. Get medical help, police help, or call a crisis hotline all with the touch of a button. Choose what services are most important to you and get the help you need.

Forge Forward  
FORGE is a progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies). FORGE is dedicated to helping move fragmented communities beyond identity politics and forge a movement that embraces and empowers our diverse complexities.