Get Help

The Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response has an advocate that is available by appointment when you call our office at (617)496-5636. You can also make an appointment online hereWe have recently moved, but we are still located in the Smith Campus Center, now in suite 624. 

Our hotline, (617) 495-9100, is also staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need immediate help, 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. Once you are in a safe place, the following options for care and support are available:

Medical Attention

Victims of sexual assault 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

During business hours you can seek 24-hour assistance at the walk-in clinic or Urgent Care at Harvard University Health Services by calling (617) 495-5711. You can also access medical accompaniment by calling the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response at (617) 495-9100. If you prefer, a friend may accompany you to provide support. Additionally, OSAPR can provide transportation and accompaniment to a hospital for evidence collection for those interested.

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