Connect with our Direct Service Team

We are so glad you are considering connecting with our Direct Service Team. 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@fas.harvard.edu or 617-496-5636.  

Walk-in appointments are available from June 4th, 2018- August 10th, 2018 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 12-1.  No prior contact with OSAPR is needed to walk -in.

Here's what you can expect from our Direct Service Team in your first appointment: 

  1. The initial conversation generally takes 20-30 minutes and ideally will occur within 2-3 business days of contacting us (with more immediate availability for folks who have imminent or urgent concerns).  The purpose of this appointment is for staff to:  

    1. Create a safe, collaborative environment, while gathering some basic information about your needs and goals; 

    2. Explain confidentiality, privilege, and their limits;  

    3. Review the scope of services that OSAPR is able to provide;  

    4. Share information about OSAPR’s 24-hour hotline and/or Harvard University Health Services After-Hours Urgent Care in case they would like to speak to someone urgently; and 

    5. Begin to identify a plan for continued services. 

  2. Given the initial conversation, the Direct Service Team will meet to determine which staff person will be the best fit for you.   

  3. OSAPR staff will follow up with you within 5 business days (again, more quickly for folks who have imminent or urgent concerns) to schedule your subsequent appointments. 

In addition to our 24-hour hotline (617.495.9100), there’s also Counseling and Mental Health Services’ Line (617.495.5711) if you need support after-hours or on weekends. Please feel free to call either one at any time.  

 

If you have experienced or witnessed harm: If you want to reduce the likelihood of causing harm to others: 

We are so glad you are considering reaching out.  The initial process that is laid out above is the same, regardless of reason for reaching out.  That being said, after the initial conversation, you can expect to meet with someone on our Survivor Advocacy team between 1-5 times* (this number will be determined collaboratively, over the course of conversations).   

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). 

*On average 

 

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. Additionally, OSAPR can provide transportation to a hospital for evidence collection for those interested. 

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

We are so glad you are considering reaching out.  The initial process that is laid out above is the same, regardless of reason for reaching out.  That being said, after the initial conversation, you can expect to meet with the Community Advocate between 1-5 times* (this number will be determined collaboratively, over the course of conversations).   

 
Generally topics of conversation include: 

  • Exploring your social-ecology and the ways it impacts how you think about yourself in relation to others; 

  • Identifying patterns of language or behavior that may cause harm to others; 

  • Exploring the ways in which your social-ecology translates into certain types of language and behaviors; 

  • Identifying action steps and/or strategies to reduce the likelihood of causing harm. 

 

If you are concerned that you have caused harm 

We are so glad you are considering reaching out.  The initial process that is laid out above is the same, regardless of reason for reaching out.  That being said, after the initial conversation, you can expect to meet with the Community Advocate between 1-5 times (this number will be determined collaboratively, over the course of conversations).   

 
Generally topics of conversation include: 

  • Exploring your social-ecology and the ways it impacts how you think about yourself in relation to others; 

  • Identifying language or behavior that has caused harm to others; 

  • Exploring the ways in which your social-ecology translates into language and behaviors that causes harm; 

  • Parsing the difference between Intent and Impact; 

  • Identifying action steps and/or strategies to make amends; 

  • Identifying action steps and/or strategies to reduce the likelihood of causing harm. 

 

*On average 

 

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. 

Contact us at osapr@fas.harvard.edu or (617) 496-5636 or find us at 624 Smith Campus Center, 75 Mt. Auburn St.