Title IX & Sexual Assault

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Confidential & Privileged

 

Counseling and Mental Health Services

The CAMHS Clinicians are here to support students. CAMHS Cares Line is available 24/7 for students who need to talk with a counselor immediately about a mental health concern. Call (617) 495-2042 Select the CAMHS Cares option to speak with a counselor 24/7.

Harvard University Health Services Clinicians

The HUHS Clinicians provide urgent care and telemedicine. Please call us at (617) 495-5711 before walking into HUHS.

SHARE Counselors in the Office for Gender Equity

Sexual Harassment/Assault Resources & Education (SHARE) Counselors provide a range of confidential and privileged services to support individual and community healing from harm, as well as prevention education initiatives designed for Harvard students, faculty, staff, and post-doctoral students. Examples of confidential services provided by SHARE Counselors provide include:

  • Crisis response and support to individuals impacted by harm, including interpersonal violence and abuse, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking
  • Short-term counseling
  • 24-hour crisis hotline (617) 495-9100 (note: this line connects to BARCC during the summer)
  • Psychoeducational support groups
  • Restorative practices and education for individuals who have caused harm

Harvard Chaplains

The Chaplains  a professional community of more than thirty chaplains, represent many of the world’s religious, spiritual, and ethical traditions, and share a collective commitment to serving the spiritual needs of the students, faculty, and staff of Harvard University.  

Confidential

 

Office of BGLTQ Student Life

The BGLTQ Student Life Staff serve as a central resource for bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, and questioning (BGLTQ) students at Harvard College. Through their work, they foster the inclusion, affirmation, and celebration of all BGLTQ identities and expressions. They strive to create a community where BGLTQ students can thrive and where all students are well-equipped to engage knowledgeably and compassionately with regard to gender and sexuality.

Ombudsman

The HU Ombuds Office is an independent, neutral and confidential place for visitors to discuss their academic and workplace issues and concerns. Our office is informal, assures confidentiality, and is independent of University administration. 

RESPONSE Peer Counseling

RESPONSE is a group of undergraduates professionally trained to provide peer counseling on issues of rape, abuse, intimate violence, psychological and physical harassment, and relationships. Contact harvardresponse@gmail.com

Contact Peer Counseling

Contact is peer counseling that strives to create a supportive space for Harvard undergraduates to talk about feelings and experiences around mental health and Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (BGLTQIA+) identities. Current events are posted on Contact's Facebook page.

Additional Resources

 

Harvard College Title IX

The Harvard College Title IX Resource Coordinators for students play an integral role in ensuring that all students have access to the myriad resources and opportunities that Harvard College has to offer, both in and outside the classroom, recognizing that this access is critical to facilitating the intellectual, social, and personal transformations that a liberal arts and sciences education has to offer. 

In accordance with Harvard’s Policies and Procedures on sexual harassment and misconduct Harvard College is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the College community is, on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identify, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any College program or activity. Sexual misconduct and harassment, including sexual violence, are forms of sex discrimination in that they deny or limit an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from College programs or activities.

Office for Gender Equity

The Office for Gender Equity (OGE) empowers and supports the Harvard community to advance a climate of gender equity and inclusion through evidence-based educational initiatives, excellence in research and practice, and delivery of direct services.
 
OGE uses a multipronged approach to addressing issues of sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct. Individuals may choose to engage in one or more of the offerings provided by our office. These include:

  • Prevention and education initiatives
  • Support through confidential SHARE counseling
  • Making a disclosure to a Title IX resource
  • Submitting an anonymous disclosure, or
  • Filing a formal complaint

Office for Dispute Resolution

The Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) is a neutral body that impartially investigates complaints of sexual harassment and/or other sexual misconduct against students, staff, and, with most Schools, faculty. ODR investigations are handled by professional investigators working with the involved Schools and units. Any member of the Harvard community may reach out to ODR to request information or advice, including assistance in filing a formal complaint or in seeking information resolution after a complaint has been filed.

Office for BGLTQ Student Life Interns

The QuInterns are current Harvard undergraduates who are passionate about issues related to gender and sexuality. As members of the Office of BGLTQ Student Life team, QuInterns are ambassadors for the Office, both ensuring that students have accurate and timely information about the Office’s programs and services, and communicating the needs of the BGLTQ student community back to the Office. 

Harvard Evening Van program

Harvard Transit is happy to welcome back students to campus, we look forward to providing safe, reliable, and efficient service to the entire Harvard Community and have a free, downloadable app.

Campus Escort Program

The Harvard University Campus Escort Program (HUCEP) is a campus safety program developed by Harvard College to provide walking escorts to students, faculty and staff three nights a week during the academic year and cover the Yard, River, Quad, and North Yard areas. Teams are made up of two undergraduate students and identified by their brightly colored vests, labeled HUCEP. Escorts respond to both calls for service through the HUCEP hotline (617-384-8237 or 617-38-HUCEP), and by being flagged down by students, faculty and staff in need of an escort.

Consent Advocacy & Relationship Education Proctors & Tutors

CARE Proctor and CARE House Tutors (see House websites) , both resident and non-resident, provide counsel and serve as a resource for undergraduates. They are typically graduate students or staff whose primary roles are to provide academic and personal advice to students, as well as to participate in the life of the House. Consent Advocacy & Relationship Education Tutors make education programming and outreach events on gender, sexuality, and violence prevention available to their residential communities. CARE Tutors are also a resource for students who have, at any point in their lives, experienced interpersonal violence. They are knowledgeable about campus resources, the University-wide Title IX policy and are committed to assuring students’ access to support services on or off campus. Every house has a Lead CARE Tutor and one or more Support CARE Tutors. Lead CARE Tutors receive regular supervision and training by the Office for Gender Equity.

Resident and Yard Deans

Each Yard and House is served by a Resident Dean of First-Years or Allston Burr Resident Dean who, under the direction of the Dean of Harvard College and the Faculty Deans, is responsible for the well-being of the students in the House. The Allston Burr Resident Dean represents House members at the Administrative Board, is the primary liaison to academic departments on behalf of students, and serves as a key resource for students who encounter personal or academic difficulty.

The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations

The Harvard Foundation seeks to involve students of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds in the ongoing enterprises of the University. The Foundation sponsors annual programs and activities that are designed to promote interracial and intercultural awareness and understanding in the Harvard community, as well as to highlight the cultural contributions of students from all backgrounds.

Local to Harvard

 

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) provides free, confidential support and services to survivors of sexual violence ages 12 and up and their families and friends. We work with survivors of all genders, and our goal is to empower survivors to heal and seek justice in ways that are meaningful to them. We meet the needs of survivors in crisis and long after, and we also assist them as they navigate the health-care, criminal legal, social service, and school systems.

Victim Rights Law Center

The Victim Rights Law Center provides free, comprehensive legal services for sexual assault victims with civil legal issues in Massachusetts and Oregon. Our attorneys harness their knowledge from representing survivors to train professionals nationwide to improve the response to sexual violence.

The Network/La Red

The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, SM, polyamorous, and queer communities. Rooted in anti-oppression principles, our work aims to create a world where all people are free from oppression. We strengthen our communities through organizing, education, and the provision of support services.

Fenway Health

Fenway Health dvocates for and delivers innovative, equitable, accessible health care, supportive services, and transformative research and education. We center LGBTQIA+ people, BIPOC individuals, and other underserved communities to enable our local, national, and global neighbors to flourish.

Jane Doe Inc

Jane Doe Inc., The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (JDI) brings together organizations and people committed to ending sexual assault and domestic violence and creating a more just and equitable world.

MA Commission Against Discrimination

MA Commission Against Discrimination works to to eradicate discrimination in the Commonwealth by investigating and prosecuting Complaints of Discrimination that occur in Employment, Housing, Public Places, Access to Education, Lending, and Credit. We also offer training to help prevent discrimination from occurring.

Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence 

ATASK is a nonprofit, community organization serving pan-Asian survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. We provide services in Greater Boston and Greater Lowell and offer limited assistance in other cities throughout Massachusetts and New England. We currently provide services in 18 Asian languages and dialects. Our mission is to prevent domestic and intimate partner violence in Asian families and communities and to provide hope to survivors. 

Beyond Harvard

 

Deaf DAWN

Deaf DAWN is a Trauma-informed, culturally responsive and transformative justice-based agency to provide multi-faced services to the survivors and the community: to understand and address power-based violence by providing direct services and education. 

DAWN is not local to Boston: their mission is to promote healthy relationships and end abuse in the Deaf community of the Washington, DC area.

Black Women’s Blueprint

Black Women’s Blueprint is based in Oneida County, New York and works to foster human connection and forge paths to peace, holistic reconciliation, social, economic and environmental justice. Recently, they expanded their mission through their Restore Forward work, which partners with Indigenous women who originally inhabited the land they’re based in.

A Long Walk Home

A Long Walk Home (ALWH) is a national art organization based in Chicago that empowers young people to end violence against girls and women. They work ​​with artists, students, activists, therapists, and community organizations and cultural institutions to elevate marginalized voices, facilitate healing, and activate social change.  

Esperanza United

Esperanza United is the largest, most-respected Latin@ organization in the country focused on ending gender-based violence. They are based in St. Paul, Minnesota and provide family advocacy, community engagement, training and technical assistance, research and evaluation, and public policy. 

HEART

HEART works to ensure that Muslims have the resources, language, and choice to nurture sexual health and confront sexual violence. Since 2010, they have provided sex education, training, and sexual assault advocacy to nearly 10,000 individuals, organizations, and campuses across the country. HEART is based in Chicago, IL.

StrongHearts Native Helpline

StrongHearts Native Helpline exists to restore power to Native Americans impacted by domestic, dating and sexual violence by weaving together a braid of safety, sovereignty and support. They do so by operating a national 24/7 culturally-appropriate domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

While they are built by Natives for Natives, they are happy to help anyone. Advocates are trained specifically to meet the needs of Native American and Alaska Native victim-survivors, but will answer calls from anyone who needs support and the hotline is always completely free, confidential, and anonymous.

Men Can Stop Rape

Men Can Stop Rape works to institutionalize prevention of men’s violence against women through sustained initiatives that generate positive, measurable outcomes in populations throughout the world. They work on youth development, community projects, training initiatives, and public education.  They are based in Washington, DC.

RAINN

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.

1 in 6

The mission of 1 in 6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives. Our mission also includes serving family members, friends, partners, and service providers by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community.

Love is Respect

A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, love is respect offers 24/7 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships. We also provide support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, and other service providers through the same free and confidential services via phone, text, and live chat.

We aim to be a safe and inclusive space for young people to access help and information in a setting specifically for them. We provide comprehensive education through resources including quizzes, interactive pages, and testimonials, as well as training, toolkits, and curriculum for educators, peers, and parents to promote healthy relationships and prevent future abuse.

Hollaback

Hollaback! is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment — in all its forms. We believe that we all deserve to be who we are, wherever we are. 

We believe we all have a role to play in disrupting harassment and building a culture where it is no longer seen as “just the price you have to pay” for being a woman, LGBTQ+, a person of color, or any other marginalized identity. We teach people to take action, and to reach across their own identities to ally with others and establish a united front against harassment each time we witness it.

Office for Civil Rights

The mission of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

The Office for Civil Rights enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education. A complaint of discrimination can be filed by anyone who believes that their institution has discriminated against someone on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. The person or organization filing the complaint need not be a victim of the alleged discrimination, but may complain on behalf of another person or group.

Anti-Violence Project

Anti-Violence Project (AVP) empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and support survivors through counseling and advocacy.  AVP is based in New York City. Their work includes a 24/7 crisis hotline that also allows you to report violence online.

FORGE

FORGE reduces the impact of trauma on trans/non-binary survivors and communities by empowering service providers, advocating for systems reform, and connecting survivors to healing possibilities. FORGE strives to create a world where ALL voices, people and bodies are valued, respected, honored, and celebrated; where every individual feels safe, supported, respected, and empowered. They are based in Milwaukee, WI.

Asian Pacific Institute on GBV

The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian/Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.  They envision a world free of gender-based violence for communities with equal opportunities for all to thrive. Their mission is to disrupt gender-based violence, which causes physical, sexual, emotional, spiritual and economic harm within AAPI communities throughout the U.S. and its territories.

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