Experienced or Witnessed Harm?

If you have experienced or witnessed harm: 

 

We are so glad you are considering connecting with our Direct Service Team. OSAPR’s Direct Service Team, consisting of mental health counselors and advocates, are here to support all members of the Harvard community. All direct service conversations are considered confidential and privileged. The Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response's Direct Service Team is available Monday-Friday for scheduled appointments. and intakes.  All direct service conversations are considered confidential and privileged. To schedule your initial conversation, please reach out to either osapr@harvard.edu or 617-496-5636.   

Walk-in appointments are available Mondays - Fridays from 12-1.  No prior contact with OSAPR is needed to walk -in. 

 

Generally topics of conversation include: 

  • Identifying strategies for addressing or responding to experience(s) of harm; 

  • Identifying strategies or skills for coping with experience(s) of harm; 

  • Identifying structural or systemic resources to address impacts of experience(s); 

  • Exploring impacts of experience(s); 

  • Making meaning of experience(s). 

Accompaniment

OSAPR staff provide medical and/or legal accompaniment between 9-5 Monday - Friday or as scheduled. After hours, there are community medical advocates who can meet you at local Emergency Departments.  Call the OSAPR hotline, (617) 495-9100, with questions or to begin this process.

What if I need help more quickly? 

Our hotline, (617) 495-9100, is  staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you are experiencing emotional distress and/or need medical or legal information.  If you have immediate safety or medical concerns, please see below. 

Safety 

Your safety is most important. If you are concerned about your safety, or cannot get to a safe place in order to seek help, call Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) at (617) 495-1212. HUPD is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. If HUPD is not accessible, please call 911 or go to your nearest Police Department. 

Health and Mental Health Emergencies 

You can seek 24-hour assistance at the walk-in clinic or Urgent Care at Harvard University Health Services by calling (617) 495-5711.  If Urgent Care or HUHS is not accessible, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Department. 

Medical Attention 

People who have experienced harm may want to consider getting medical attention for three different reasons: 

  1. To treat any injuries that may have occurred during the assault. Even if you do not 'feel' injured, you may have experienced bruising, lacerations, or internal injuries (particularly if you were forced to have vaginal or anal intercourse). 

  2. To obtain antibiotics for the prevention or treatment of sexually transmitted infections and to access emergency contraception (optional; used to prevent pregnancy within 120 hours of unprotected penile/vaginal assault). 

  3. To provide for the possibility of collecting forensic evidence; this may be used later if you decide to prosecute. 

Obtaining Medical Care or Evidence Collection 

You can seek 24-hour assistance at the walk-in clinic or Urgent Care at Harvard University Health Services by calling (617) 495-5711. If you like, a friend may accompany you to provide support. 

Additional campus, local, and national resources can be found here

Safety 

Your safety and the safety of others is most important. If you are concerned about safety, or cannot get to a safe place in order to seek help, call Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) at (617) 495-1212. HUPD is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. If HUPD is not accessible, please call 911 or go to your nearest Police Department. 

Health and Mental Health Emergencies 

You can seek 24-hour assistance at the walk-in clinic or Urgent Care at Harvard University Health Services by calling (617) 495-5711.  If Urgent Care or HUHS is not accessible, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Department.