Emotional Support Services
If you have been sexually assaulted, you may be feeling:
- a variety of strong emotions - -fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, disorientation, powerlessness, shame, shock, disbelief, embarrassment, denial, anger;
- a number of physical problems - -sleep disturbances, nausea, stomach problems, change in eating habits, nightmares;
- confused and alone, wondering if or how you should tell your family and friends;
- that, even though the sexual assault occurred a while ago, you would now like to talk to someone about what happened.
Whatever your feelings, there are support services available to help you.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
501 Student Health Center
CAPS provides services to students about a range of personal concerns and is available to provide psychological support to you in crisis situations such as rape. Call or stop by the office to schedule an appointment for counseling services.
If you specify that it is an emergency situation or that you are in crisis, you can be seen the same day by a staff member. The CAPS staff includes licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, a rape crisis counselor, and psychiatric providers. CAPS therapists will help you deal with the emotional aftermath of rape and explore your options for legal action and medical care. Therapy groups for victims of sexual assault or incest are offered regularly.
Center for Women Students (CWS)
Center for Women Students
204 Boucke Building
CWS offers confidential counseling, advocacy, and support for students impacted by issues like sexual assault, relationship violence, and/or more. Information regarding academic options following a crime is also available through the center. Please call, e-mail, or stop by the office to make an appointment.
Off-Campus - Centre County Women's Resource Center
Women's Resource Center
140 West Nittany Avenue
The Centre County Women's Resource Center is a community agency with a 24-hour hotline staffed with volunteers who are trained to help you through the process of dealing with the emotional, legal, and medical issues of sexual assault. They can accompany you to the hospital and court proceedings. They also provide information, short-term counseling, referrals for longer-term counseling, and support groups for women who have been victims of sexual assault and incest.