TU encourages you to seek support if you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence. Learn about confidential and private resources, on and off campus.
Confidential resources can NOT share identifying information about you without your written consent (except in situations of child or elder abuse, serious threats of harm to self or others, or response to a court order).
The Counseling Center is a confidential service for students and is not required to report sexual violence, except in situations of child or elder abuse, serious threats of harm to self or others, or in response to a court order. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. Call 410-704-2512 to schedule an appointment.
TurnAround is a local organization that provides free and confidential counseling and advocacy for anyone 24/7. Call their hotline at 443-279-0379 or 410-377-8111 to schedule an appointment.
The Health Center offers free services for victims/survivors including emergency contraception, exams and certain testing and lab work. Students must disclose that they are seeking services as a result of sexual violence to receive free care. The Health Center is obligated to report to the University, but can do so anonymously. Appointments are available Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. Call 410-704-2466 or email healthcenter AT_TOWSON to schedule an appointment.
A sexual assault forensic evidence (SAFE) exam collects and preserves DNA evidence after sexual assault. This evidence could be used if criminal charges are pursued. For more information on SAFE exams see the Frequently Asked Question “I think I want a SAFE exam, what should I do?” below.
A SAFE exam is NOT medical treatment. However, treatment can be given after an exam. If you are only interested in medical treatment, and not a SAFE exam, you can go to any local medical provider.
GBMC provides free SAFE exams. TU Health Center or Towson Police can assist in transportation to GBMC. SAFE exams are available 24/7. GBMC SAFE exams are conducted at 6701 N Charles St. Towson, MD. You can reach the program at 443-849-3323.
Mercy Medical Center provides free SAFE exams. Mercy Medical is located at 345 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD. You can reach the program at 410-332-9477.
Private resources are REQUIRED to report incidences of sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator. This includes all university administrators, all non-confidential employees in their supervisory roles, all faculty, all athletic coaches, university law enforcement, and Residential Assistants. Among TU's offices and departments, most offer privacy, NOT confidentiality, to those who report sexual violence.
The Title IX Coordinator provides private support for students, faculty, and staff who have experienced sexual violence including interim measures and accommodations. The office investigates incidents of sexual violence involving members of the university community. You can reach the Title IX Coordinator by phone at 410-704-0203 or by emailing titleix AT_TOWSON.
Individuals who have experienced sexual violence often face challenges with work or academic obligations, regaining a sense of control over their environment, or a sense of safety. TU can help by providing accommodations and interim measures.
Individuals who experience trauma have unique responses and there is no one “right” way for a person to react. Some of the signs you may see could include:
If you believe someone you know may be experiencing sexual violence, use your voice to let them know you care about their well-being, and that you can help.
If someone you know shows signs that they are experiencing, or have been a victim/survivor of sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, or stalking, there are ways you can help:
Listen. Do not ask prying questions. Let your friend take their time. Follow their lead on what they would like to share. Focus on their story and do not share other stories of sexual violence.
Believe. People rarely make up stories about sexual violence. Don’t express skepticism or ask them to prove what they endured. Remember that there is a wide range of responses to sexual violence. It is normal to be confused or conflicted.
Do NOT Blame. Remind your friend they are not to blame. Remember that however your friend responded was exactly what they needed to do to survive.
Support. Ask “what do you need?” or “how can I help?” Assure your friend that you will be available to provide support throughout the process of recovery. Recovery from sexual violence trauma is slow. Let them proceed at their own pace.
Empower. Empower your friend to make their own choices. Help them understand and consider their medical, legal and psychological options and share campus resources. Ultimately it is their decision what action to take, if any.
Know Your Limits. There are times where professional help is best. A trained therapist may be essential to helping your friend work through trauma associated with sexual violence and find more effective ways of coping.
Get Support. As a support person, you may also have strong feelings about sexual violence. If needed, seek counseling for yourself.
You can have a SAFE exam up to five days after a sexual assault, but the sooner you are able to get a SAFE exam, the more evidence can be collected. Try not to shower, clean yourself, or urinate after an attack, but even if you have, don’t let that stop you from getting to the hospital as soon as possible. A SAFE nurse will listen to you about what happened, collect evidence, and have a medical provider take care of any physical injuries. You can get medicine to prevent sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. The evidence collected can be sent directly to the police or held for a later date. The amount of time evidence can be held varies by legal jurisdiction.
To preserve evidence after an assault and before a SAFE exam, place anything that may contain physical evidence such as sheets, pillows, blankets, and the clothes you were wearing (only if you have already taken them off, keep them on if possible) into a paper bag and bring it with you to the hospital. If you are able to, avoid bathing, showering, using the restroom, changing your clothes, combing your hair, putting on any makeup, or cleaning up the area of the assault until after you have completed the SAFE exam and/or finished filing a report. If you are able, you may want to bring a clean change of clothes to wear after the SAFE exam.
Once you begin a SAFE exam, you can skip any part of the exam or stop at any time. Having a SAFE exam does NOT mean you have to report to the police.
You may bring a friend or an advocate to the hospital with you, but only trained professionals are allowed in the room during the exam. TurnAround provides free medical advocates that can talk you through the process beforehand, accompany you to appointments, and assist you in any medical follow-up.
A SAFE exam is a sexual assault forensic evidence exam. They are not provided by the Health Center; however, Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) and Mercy Hospital offer SAFE exams. Students in crisis can contact the Towson University Police at 410-704-4444 to arrange for transportation, even if they do not wish to file a police report at the time. The Towson University Health Center also offers cab fare waivers to students in need of transportation to GBMC. No one is required to get a SAFE exam, but we encourage victims/survivors to be seen by a health professional.
A victim/survivor advocate is an individual trained to support victims and survivors of sexual violence through any legal, medical, or university proceedings. Advocates are confidential and can NOT disclose any information about you without your written consent. Advocates can help you decide how you would like to proceed after experiencing sexual violence by providing information and options. They can provide detailed information on university, legal, and medical procedures for victims/survivors. Advocates can also accompany victims and survivors to the police station, legal proceedings, university meetings, and/or the hospital. Although advocates will accompany a victim/survivor to SAFE exams, they are not allowed inside the room where the exam is conducted.
Turnaround provides a 24-hour helpline and victim/survivor advocates. You can reach the hotline at 443-279-0379. They provide free advocates who can assist through all steps in university, medical, or legal proceedings.
The Towson University Counseling Center provides confidential mental health services to any Towson University student, including victim/survivors and accused students. Counselors can support students as they decisions about how to proceed through the steps of any university, medical, or legal proceedings. You can reach the Counseling Center Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm at 410-704- 2512.
If you need enforced physical or other separation you have several options.
You can file a no contact order with TU through the Office of Inclusion and Institutional Equity. No contact orders are enforceable by TU, and are only applicable when all parties are affiliated with TU.
You can also obtain a Peace or Protective order from a judge. This is an order issued by a court of law and is enforceable by police. Protective orders apply to people in domestic relationships (for example current or former spouse, legal relative, share a child, had a previous sexual relationship in the recent past). Peace orders apply to individuals who have not been in a domestic relationship. Learn more about how to file for a peace or protective order in Maryland.
TurnAround advocates can support individuals through the process of applying for a no contact, peace, or protective order.
Counseling Center staff are trained to support victims and survivors of sexual violence. The Counseling Center offers a range of services for our students including short-term individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatry, and referral services. The Counseling Center also offers a therapy group for victims and survivors. They also offer a wide variety of workshops, educational programming, and a meditation series to promote students’ mental health and well-being.
The university can consider accommodations that involve university housing, academic classes, no-contact orders, and transportation accommodation requests. These requests should be made through the Title IX Coordinator via phone at 410-704-0203 or email at titleix AT_TOWSON.