Penn State's Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Hotline
- Available 24/7 at all campuses
- Penn State Sexual Assault Hot-line 800.550.7575 or TTY: 886.714.7177 (for the hearing impaired)
- To directly report child abuse, call Childline at 1.800.932.0313
Services at UHS
- Call UHS Clinical Services at 814.863.4463 to talk with a nurse about options for care or schedule your appointment online.
Services for victims of sexual assault (including but not limited to rape) are provided by UHS Clinical Services. Sexual assault services are available regardless of the duration of time since the assault occurred.
Less Than 96 Hours Since Assault
- For an amublance, call 911
- Emergency department assistance, call 814.234.6110
Victims of sexual assault (male or female) may have a medical exam (non-evidence collection exam) at UHS. At Mt. Nittany Medical Center, they may choose to have either an evidence collection exam or a non-evidence collection exam.
- Emergency contraception (for females) is usually offered at the time of either visit, in order to substantially reduce the risk for pregnancy.
- Evidence Collection Exam
The Evidence Collection Exam, available at the Emergency Department at Mt. Nittany Medical Center on Park Avenue in State College, includes a thorough examination and any evidence of the assault found during the exam is collected (such as DNA from the perpetrator from the victim's body). This process includes a team approach involving a specially trained examiner, a police officer (from the jurisdiction where the assault occurred), and an advocate from the Women's Resource Center. All evidence collection exams require notifying police of the assault. An evidence collection exam is only done with the victim's written consent. Concerns about sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy (for females) are also addressed at the time of this exam. Emergency contraception is usually offered at the time of the visit, as well, in order to substantially reduce the risk for pregnancy.
Additional information regarding sexual assault is available at the Center for Women Students. The Penn State Protocol to Assist Victims of Relationship, Domestic, and Sexual Violence has extensive information pertaining to service for sexual assault victims at Penn State.
- Non-Evidence Collection Exam
The Non-Evidence Collection Exam is an option given to all victims of sexual assault. It involves an exam to look for any injuries or sexually transmitted infections; however, the difference is that it does not include the collection of evidence. Police are not usually notified of the circumstances of the assault when the victim elects a non-evidence collection exam, unless there are inordinate injuries, the victim desires reporting to police, a weapon is used during the assault, the assault was committed by a stranger, or the victim is under 18 years of age.
- Sexual Assault Victim Care Options- to help you choose between these two options, please refer to this comparison handout (pdf format).
More Than 96 Hours Since Assault
If it has been greater than 96 hours since the sexual assault, victims are still encouraged to undergo a non-evidence collection exam to address the issue of potential STIs and pregnancy.