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If you are the victim of sexual violence, you are not alone. Sexual violence happens to people of all genders and sexual orientations. Your safety is our primary concern. The following are suggested steps to take after an incident.

Be Safe

If you are in immediate danger contact University Police at 333 from a campus phone or 631.632.3333 from a non-campus phone. If you are not on campus, contact 911 for your local police. Go to a safe place and seek immediate support from a trusted friend, family member or university staff member.

Get Medical Help as soon as possible

Within 96 hours (4 days) of the incident, you may walk into the SAFE Center and request a free medical and forensic exam. The nurse is trained to obtain evidence should you decide to report the incident to police and/or press charges. You are provided an emergency room companion and crisis counseling begins immediately. Recommendations are to NOT bathe, change clothes, eat or use the bathroom immediately after an assault as doing so could destroy evidence. But even if you have already taken any of these actions you can still access the SAFE program for 96 hours after the incident. The SAFE program is open to all genders, at no cost; your parents will not be notified, and you will not be required to make a police report.

Related Links:
What is Sexaul Assault Nurse Examination (SANE)?
Student Health Service at Stony Brook University

Get Confidential Emotional Support

Confidential emotional support and counseling begin immediately if you go to the SAFE Center for a medical exam within 96 hours (4 days) of the incident. Free support is also available through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), located on the second floor of the Student Health Service building. You can also use off-campus counseling services at VIBS Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center by calling their Hotline at   631-360-3606.

Related Links:
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

File a Sexual Misconduct Complaint

A federal law known as Title IX protects all Stony Brook students, faculty and staff by prohibiting sexual discrimination and harassment and Stony Brook University prohibits sexual misconduct in all forms. If you wish to file a complaint of sexual misconduct, contact Stony Brook’s Assistant Vice President, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Marjolie Leonard   

Sexual Misconduct Initial Report (Online)

What to do if you know a victim of sexual misconduct?

Encourage that person to read this document, seek medical care and talk to a trained counselor or sexual assault advocate. Be clear that you support that person. Most importantly, consider and protect that person’s privacy. Be sensitive to what they are going through as part of the healing process.