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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Cornell’s Title IX website provides information and policies related to gender-based harassment, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct committed by or against students, staff, or faculty.
- Cornell’s Caring Community website lists numerous resources for support and assistance.
- The Advocacy Center of Tompkins County has a 24-hour hotline (607-277-5000) that you can call to speak confidentially to an advocate from this community agency.
- 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).