Assault and harassment can take many forms, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, rape, unwanted sexual contact, intimate-partner violence (emotional or physical), stalking, hazing, racist and bias-related incidents, hate crimes, and other types of violence and misconduct.
If you are a victim of harassment, assault, or a bias-related incident, support and medical care are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Regardless of whether the assault was recent or in the past – and whether or not you’re sure what happened to you constitutes harassment or assault – there are people whose care and compassion can help you cope with your feelings, and who can provide care, support, or referral.
- Call us 24/7 at 607-255-5155 for phone consultation and assistance. An on-call health care provider can offer information about your options for care, and connect you with appropriate resources.
- We provide timely, confidential medical care for victims – such as evaluation and care of physical injuries, and testing for sexually transmitted infection (STI) and pregnancy. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible (if urgent, call 607-255-5155 and press 1 during business hours).
- If you want to have physical / medical evidence of sexual assault recorded for legal purposes, you should be seen at a hospital emergency room within 72 hours of the incident. In Ithaca, this service is provided 24/7 by specially trained sexual assault nurse examiners at Cayuga Medical Center (607-274-4411). We can provide guidance, assistance with transportation, and follow-up care for those who choose this option. Call us 607-255-5155 day or night for assistance.
- Victim Advocates can provide personal support and assistance. Learn more, and contact an Advocate, here.
- Counseling, drop-in consultations, and group therapy can help individuals process what happened to them and begin to heal. Learn more about our Mental Health Care services, and how to schedule an appointment.
- get to safety
- receive emergency care for injuries
- access supportive services
- if you choose to do so, gather important evidence and/or make a report of the crime
Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX
- accommodations and protective measures
- reporting bias or sexual and related misconduct against students, staff, and faculty (online at biasconcerns.cornell.edu)
- understanding related policies and procedures
- connections to Cornell and community resources
- Cornell’s Sexual Harassment and Assault — Response and Education (SHARE) website provides additional sexual harassment and assault resources and information, Cornell data, how to report an assault, and how to get help.
- You can call the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County's 24-hour hotline (607-277-5000) to speak confidentially with an advocate who specializes in helping victims of domestic or sexual violence.
- The national organization RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) can be reached 24/7 through their live chat service and sexual assault hotline (800-656-4673).
- Cornell's Diversity and Inclusion website lists resources related to getting help and filing a report after a bias-related incident.
- Mental Health at Cornell includes numerous resources for support and assistance for anyone who may be struggling.