The Catholic University of America
If It Happens to You or a Friend

The University views sexual offenses with the utmost seriousness and offers many services to support and assist survivors of sexual violence. We will listen to you, support you and can provide you with resources and accommodations. The University publishes Grievance Procedures for Reported Sexual Offenses that outline the overall process and what to expect.

If you have experienced any form of sexual violence, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety, then consider:

 

Seeking Confidential Support

Sexual violence can be difficult to discuss. We at CUA are committed to protecting your privacy and offering confidential resources for your support.   If you are 18 years or older you may speak with certain persons in legally protected roles including:
  • Professional mental health counselors (including those in the Counseling Center). After business hours a survivor can contact the Department of Public Safety to be connected to the Counseling Center’s on call counselor for crisis support.
  • Physicians and nurse practitioners (including those in Student Health Services)
  • Priests (in their professional capacity of giving religious or spiritual advice)
  • Licensed rape crisis/ sexual assault counselors(including those at the DC Rape Crisis Center)
Certain individuals (such as RAs, Community Directors, Dean of Students staff members and Student Ministers) are considered “Responsible Employees” and are required to report to the Title IX Coordinator, Dean of Students or DPS if you share details of the incident. Click HERE to learn more about who is considered a Responsible Employee.  Click HERE to learn more about privacy and confidentiality. 

Seeking Medical Attention

Students can receive free, confidential medical treatment and testing through the DC Forensic Nurse Examiners (DCFNE) Program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. You are encouraged not to bathe, change clothes, brush teeth or do anything that may interfere with the collection of evidence.

A free Uber ride to the hospital is available through the UASK DC app. At the time of this publication evidence collection is ONLY done at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Writing Down the Events of the Assault

Recording the events of the assault, although emotionally difficult, can be helpful in preserving details and can serve as a valuable resource in any legal action you might decide to take.  Include the date, time and chronology. If there are witnesses or people who have information about the assault, write down their names. Try to preserve any harassing letters, text messages or e-mails as evidence.
 

Accessing Support Services

The Office of the Dean of Students can help connect you to appropriate on- and off-campus resources. We can also support you with the following:
  • Orders of no contact
  • Housing relocation
  • Class schedule changes
  • Academic support
  • Ongoing support
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    You do not need to file a complaint to receive support from the Dean of Students Office.