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Immediate Assistance

If you or anyone else is in immediate danger, call 911 or the University Police (814-863-1111) immediately.

You can also go to the Mount Nittany Medical Center Emergency Department or your nearest Emergency Department. The Mount Nittany Medical Center is located at 1800 East Park Ave., State College,  814-234-6110.

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Call the Gender Equity Center at 814-863-2027. Our staff can provide emotional support, safety planning, connection to resources, and education about reporting options.

24 hours per day

Call the Centre County Women’s Resource Center hotline at 1-877-234-5050 toll-free to reach a confidential counselor advocate. TTY services are available at 814-272-0660. Assistance includes counseling, sexual assault accompaniment, safety planning, and referrals to resources across the Commonwealth.

What to do if you have experienced any of the following

Sexual Assault

It can be hard to know what to do, how to feel, or what your options are after a sexual assault. If you have been sexually assaulted, we encourage you to consider the following:

  1. Go to a safe place as soon as you can.
  2. Try to preserve all physical evidence. Do not bathe, shower, douche, use the toilet, brush teeth or change your clothing.
  3. Contact a close friend who can be with you until you feel safe again. Your friend can also accompany you to the medical exam.
  4. Get medical attention as soon as possible to make sure that you are physically okay and to collect and preserve evidence.
  5. Consider whether you would like to make a report to the police and/or to the University. Sexual assault is never your fault- it’s a crime. You are encouraged to report it. Find Information on reporting options.
  6. Seeing a counselor is important to help you understand your feelings and begin the process of resolution and healing. Find information on confidential resources.
Relationship Violence

If you have experienced abuse within your relationship, we encourage you to consider the following:

  1. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  2. Go to a safe place as soon as you can.
  3. Get medical attention if needed.
  4. If you need immediate shelter/housing, contact your local domestic violence shelter. University Park students should contact the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.
  5. Consider filing for a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA). Advocates at the Centre County Women’s Resource Center can assist you through this process.
  6. Consider whether you would like to make a report to the police and/or to the University. A no-contact directive issued by the University may be an option. 
  7. Contact the Gender Equity Center or another confidential resource for counseling, advocacy, and safety planning services.
Stalking/Harassment

If you have experienced stalking or harassment, we encourage you to consider the following:

  1. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
  2. Trust your instincts.
  3. Take any threats made by the person stalking/harassing you seriously.
  4. Keep evidence of the stalking/harassment. Keep emails, text messages, phone messages, letters, or notes. Keep a written log of the behavior that is alarming or harassing.
  5. Consider whether you would like to make a report to the police and/or to the University. A no-contact directive issued by the University may be an option. 
  6. Contact the Gender Equity Center or another confidential resource for counseling, advocacy, and safety planning services.

If You are Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Call Counseling and Psychological Services at 814-863-0395.

24 hours per day

Call the 24/7 Penn State Crisis Line at 1-877-229-6400 or Text the 24/7 Crisis Text Line: Text “LIONS” to 741741

It is important to seek medical attention immediately after and as a follow-up to any physical and/or sexual assault to determine the presence of injury, sexually transmitted infection or pregnancy, and to obtain evidence to assist in criminal prosecution options. Ideally, physical evidence should be collected immediately, but it should be collected no later than 96 hours following the incident. You can report to your local hospital emergency room for medical care and evidence collection.