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.
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.
- Individual Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Sexual Assault Support Group: a group that allows survivors of sexual assault to gain support from one another and to learn ways to cope with the aftermath of the assault. For more information call the Counseling Center at 410-704-2512.
- Assessment and Referral
- Workshops and Education
The Health Center is fully equipped to assess your injuries, test for and treat STDs, 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.
Victims 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
Contact Towson’s Title IX Coordinator, 410-704-0203
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
- Safewalk 410-704-SAFE (7233)
- University Police 410-704-2133
TU police department escort service that operates 7 days a week during the hours of darkness
- Women's Resource Center 410-704-2051
- Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention and Education Committee
The Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention and Education Committee (SHAPE) meets monthly, or more often in subcommittees. 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.
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
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
- 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) 1800-656-HOPE (4673) National Sexual Assault 24 Hour Hotline
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
- Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women
- Manavi Helpline
- “Voices of Courage: Inspiration from Survivors of Sexual Assault”Anyone can download all 26 audio tracks of the book (12 chapters plus interviews with each survivor after their chapter) for FREE. With the download of the audio tracks, people can also download the complete ebook for free.
- SAFER: Students Active for Ending Rape
- Voices of Courage – edited by Mike Domitrz
- Shattered -- Debra Puglisi Sharp's
- Still Loved by the Sun: A Rape Survivor's Journal -- Migael Scherer
- Victims No Longer -- Mike Lew (a book for male survivors)
- I Never Called it Rape -- Robin Warsaw
- Fraternity Gang Rape -- Peggy Reeves Sanday
- Your Sexual Healing Journey -- Wendy Maltz
- The Rape Victim – Mary Koss & Mary Harvey
- The Rape Recovery Handbook – Aphrodite Matsakis