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Sexual Assault Prevention and Response

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Sexual Assault includes any form of nonconsensual sexual contact and/or sexual exploitation. This includes rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and obstruction of the use of pregnancy and STI-Transmission prevention methods.

Sexual Assault may also be used interchangeably with the term, rape, which is defined as: The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. (The FBI Uniform Crime Report Definition, January 2012).

Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Mission

Emergencies:

24/7 Hotline

The Wellness Exchange offers a private hotline (212-443-9999), available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which will put you in touch with a professional who can help you. While the counselor may ask for your name or other information to provide you with personalized support, you can remain anonymous. You can always choose not to give your name and you will not be pressured to do otherwise. The hotline is also available if you just need to talk or want to call about a friend.

24/7 Emergency Response

Counseling and Wellness Services has mental health professionals on-call 24/7 every day of the year who can meet with you in an emergency and discuss your medical, mental health, and legal/judicial options with you. The Crisis Response Counselor can also accompany the survivor to the hospital for a medical examination and/or evidence kit.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call (212) 443-9999.

Immediately following an assault, what should you do first?

Call the Wellness Exchange Hotline at 212-443-9999 and ask for the Crisis Response Counselor. The CRC is available 24/7 and can discuss your medical, counseling, and legal/judicial options with you.

  • Seek a safe place.
  • Seek medical attention.
  • Seek counseling and emotional support.
  • Consider reporting to NYU Public Safety or NYPD for legal and judicial support.
  • Consider residential or academic support.
  • Be kind to yourself; an assault is never your fault.
  • Seek support from friends or family.

Confidentiality:

As you speak with different NYU staff, you may be concerned about what information will be kept confidential. Licensed health professionals (such as Wellness Exchange social workers and CRCs, SHC nurses, physicians, and CWS counselors and psychologists) have the legal privilege of keeping your information confidential; information given to other NYU staff (such as RAs, RHDs, Public Safety Officers, and administrators) is not guaranteed to be kept confidential. For instance, if you choose to share an experience of a sexual assault with your RA, they must share this with their supervisor. The University is required to investigate all instances of sexual assault and harassment occurring among the NYU community with the utmost goal of protecting and ensuring the well-being and safety of you and our entire community. Particular laws guide all professionals and staff at NYU regarding how to approach confidentiality and privacy; if you have questions about this please ask.

It is also important that you know that there are certain times when, even if you are speaking with a licensed health care provider, some of the information you discuss might not be kept confidential – this only happens when there is concern for the health and safety of people in the NYU community, including you.

Please ask any questions you have regarding confidentiality before you reveal any details that you want to keep private to professionals both inside and outside of NYU.

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Counseling and Wellness
Contact Information

726 Broadway, 4th Floor, Suite 471
Telephone: 212-998-4780
Fax: 212-995-4096
wellness.exchange@nyu.edu

Fall & Spring Hours:

By Appointment:

Mon-Thu: 9am-8pm
Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat-Sun: Closed (Call 212-443-9999)

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Walk-in Counseling:
(No appointment necessary)

726 Broadway, 4th Floor, Suite 402*

Mon-Thu: 10am-8:30pm
(Short-term refills available 5-8pm)
Fri: 10am-6pm
(Short-term refills available 3-5pm)
Sat: 10am-3pm*
Sun: Closed (Call 212-443-9999)
* 3rd Floor Reception on Saturdays.

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