Sexual Assault, Violence & Violence Prevention

The Towson University Counseling Center is here to assist students who have been victims of sexual violence. We also work hard to educate the university community about sexual violence and violence prevention.

If you have been victimized, you do not have to face the situation alone. Come to us for assistance and support. Call 410-704-2512 to speak with one of our counselors.

Towson University's Title IX Coordinator

University Accommodations

Survivors of sexual assault may need accommodations from the university. For example, they may request a change of on-campus living, class schedule or other accommodations related to the assault.

Contact Towson’s Title IX Coordinator to discuss accommodations at 410-704-0203.

University Judicial Process

If the accused is a Towson University student, a victim may initiate judicial action, regardless of whether criminal charges have been filed. File a report with Towson’s Title IX Coordinator, 410-704-0203.

Towson University Sexual Assault Policy and Procedures (PDF)


Counseling Center

Phone Number: 410-704-2512

The Towson University Counseling Center can provide you with free and confidential individual or group counseling to help you heal from the assault and also can connect you to other resources in the community. Counseling for sexual assault can help by:

  • assisting you in understanding and working through your reactions to the assault
  • enhancing your ability to cope with the assault
  • providing support throughout the legal and/or campus judicial decision-making process
  • minimizing the potential long-term effects of sexual assault

While there is not one particular response to experiencing a sexual assault, there are numerous reactions that are common.

The Counseling Center offers a variety of services for students who have experienced a sexual assault, recently or in the past. Services including assessment and referral, individual and group counseling and workshops. For more information, contact 410-704-2512.

Health Center

Phone: 410-704-2466
The Health Center is fully equipped to assess your injuries, test for and treat STIs, and provide emergency contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancy. Services are free. Even if you are unsure whether you want to press charges, the Health Center can provide care and assistance with your decision making.

Other On-Campus Resources

Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention and Education Committee (SHAPE)

The committee’s primary objective is to develop and implement awareness and prevention programs and trainings for all university students and staff. Programs address a range of topics related to awareness and prevention of sexual violence such as consent, bystander intervention, the relationship between sexual violence and substance abuse and available campus resources.

Childhood Trauma/Sexual Abuse

Childhood sexual abuse or trauma includes any sexual contact by force, coercion, or bribery where there is an imbalance in age, size, power, and/or knowledge.

Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse

The negative effects of childhood sexual abuse vary widely. Some people who were sexually abused as children experience few negative effects and others may minimize or pretend it did not happen.

Others may experience problems, including:

  • issues with self-esteem
  • issues with relationships or sexual intimacy
  • issues with schoolwork
  • feelings of guilt or blame


Hospitals / Specialty Trained Forensic Nurse Examiners

SAFE Exams:
Both GBMC and Mercy hospitals perform sexual assault forensic exams (S.A.F.E.). If you think you may want to press charges, you may want to receive a SAFE exam to preserve evidence. The exam must be completed within 120 hours of the assault.

Greater Baltimore Medical Center, 6701 North Charles Street, 443-849-3323
Mercy Medical Center, 301 St. Paul Place, 410-332-9499

Medical Care
You can also seek care at any local hospital even if you think you don’t want to press charges.

Turnaround: Nonprofit organization helping individuals and families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual abuse through counseling and advocacy programs.

24 Hour-Hotline 443-279-0379
Towson 410-377-8111
Rosedale 410-391-2396
Baltimore 410-837-7000

Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault: (MCASA) 1-800-893-RAPE (7273)

Sexual Assault Legal Institute: (SALI) 301-565-2277; organization providing free legal services to survivors of sexual assault

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: (RAINN) 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) National Sexual Assault 24 Hour Hotline