Assault & Harassment

Assault and harassment can take many forms – sexual assault, sexual harassment, rape, unwanted sexual contact, intimate-partner violence (emotional or physical), stalking, hazing, bias-related incidents, and other types of violence and misconduct – and it can happen to anyone, of any gender.

If you are a victim of harassment or assault, 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 assault – there are people whose care and compassion can help you cope with your feelings, and who can provide medical care, support, or referral.

Getting care

Cornell Police

Contact the Cornell Police at 607-255-1111 or 911 if you need immediate assistance. The police have special training to assist victims of assault and can help you:

  • 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

Cornell Health

  • 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.
  • Our Victim Advocate (or another member of Cornell’s Victim Advocacy Program) 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 Counseling & Psychiatry Services, and how to schedule an appointment.

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