Where to Turn for Help?

If the assault just happened, your safety is the most immediate concern. If you need a safe place to go:

  • Call SARU (410-516-7887) for confidential peer help, or Security, who can put you in touch with the counselor on call from the Counseling Center.
  • To report to the police, dial 911 and you will be taken to Mercy Hospital.
  • For medical care, call Mercy Hospital E.R. (301 St. Paul Place, 410-332-9477). Ask to speak with the S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner) Nurse, available 24/7.

A new law in Maryland allows Mercy Hospital to provide medical treatment for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence free of charge. Even if the police find insufficient evidence to prosecute, the medical treatment will be free. Importantly, there is no requirement for you to report the attack and you can remain anonymous.

Forensic evidence collection and antibiotics (to protect against STD's) are available in the ER. Emergency contraception is now effective up to 5 days after an assault.

Nursing staff can call Turnaround (Domestic Violence/ Sexual Assault Center) to request a "Victim Advocate" to accompany and support you.

Whether a recent or a past incident, it is important to know that sexual assault may have a negative impact on your academic and personal life, sometimes for a long time. You are not alone. Many members of the University community are prepared to help you understand your options and make informed choices. Help might include:

  • referring you to on- and off-campus services
  • accompanying you to the hospital
  • arranging for short or longer term academic leaves, extensions, or other academic support
  • assisting you in managing issues around living with, or going to class with, an abuser who is an acquaintance: including the possibility of housing relocation of the abuser or for yourself, and appropriate class changes
  • assisting you with family issues, including providing guest housing for family
  • protecting your privacy and confidentiality.

Following a sexual assault, you may face decisions regarding:

  • seeking medical care
  • reporting the assault to campus or law enforcement authorities
  • obtaining immediate and long-term emotional support through formal or informal counseling
  • disclosing the assault to family and friends

These decisions belong to you. The circumstances of the assault and your own preferences may guide you to a path different from another survivor.

HOMEWOOD EMERGENCY SERVICES:

You may report an assault and use support services without pursuing criminal or University disciplinary action. There is no "right" first place to turn. Entry points within the University include SARU, Campus Security, JHU Counseling Center, the Student Health and Wellness Center, and the Dean of Students Office.

SARU (Sexual Assault Response Unit) - 410-516-7887
Confidential Peer Counseling and Referral

Homewood Campus Security - 410-516-7777
Emergency services

JHU Counseling Center - Homewood 410-516-8278*
Crisis Intervention, Counseling

Student Health and Wellness Center - 410-516-8270*

Homewood Dean of Students Office - 410-516-8208*

*To reach someone at any of these offices during evenings and weekends, call Campus Security (410-516-7777).

PEABODY EMERGENCY SERVICES:

SARU (Sexual Assault Response Unit) - 410-516-7887
Confidential Peer Counseling and Referral

Peabody Campus Security - 410-659-8100 x1000

JHU Counseling Center - Homewood 410-516-8278*
Crisis Intervention, Counseling

Peabody Dean of Students Office - 410-659-8100 x1197*

Peabody Health Service - 410-338-3421 (JHCP at Wyman Park)*

*To reach someone at any of these offices during evenings and weekends, call Campus Security (410-659-8100).

SCHOOL OF NURSING EMERGENCY SERVICES:

SARU (Sexual Assault Response Unit) - 410-516-7887
Confidential Peer Counseling and Referral

East Baltimore Campus Security - 410-955-5585

JHU Counseling Center - Homewood 410-516-8278*
Crisis Intervention, Counseling

Dean of Students Office - 410-955-7545*

School of Nursing Health Service - 410-955-3250 (University Health Services)*

*To reach someone at any of these offices during evenings and weekends, call Campus Security (410-955-5585).

STUDENTS OF OTHER PROGRAMS, FACULTY AND STAFF EMERGENCY SERVICES:

Please contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) at 443-287-7000 or 410-955-1220.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

  • Debbie Holbrook, Manager, S.A.F.E. ( Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners) Program, Mercy Hospital 410-332-9494 (Mon-Fri, 9-5)
  • Turnaround, Inc. A Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Center 410-377-8111 (weekdays)
  • Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Hotline 410-828-6390 (24/7)
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)
  • Male Survivors of Sexual Assault
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline - 800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • S.A.L.I. (Sexual Assault Legal Institute) - 877-496-7254.