I think I am a victim of sexual violence. What can I do?
What counts as sexual violence? What are some examples?
I would like information on medical assistance.
I would like to talk to someone about what I have experienced or file a report.
I would like legal advice.
I would like information about resources specific to LGBTQ+ survivors.
I would like information about resources specific to male survivors.
I would like to provide support to someone who has experienced sexual misconduct.
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created by the Johns Hopkins University Women and Gender Minorities' Caucus (WGMC), Committee on Sexual Violence and Misconduct
Student Health and Wellness Center:
Updated hours here
Limited in-person appointments, telemedicine available.
What to bring: J-card, Insurance Card (if applicable), Forms for visit (if applicable)
STD testing with school insurance: $0 (offered once per year)
STD testing without school insurance: ~$24 per site tested, per visit.
Emergency Contraception (Econtra EZ): $11
Should be taken within 72 hours of the assault.
Mercy Medical Center
For the ER: (410) 332-9477
For a forensic examiner: (410) 322-9000
345 St Paul Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202
Offers anonymous, Jane and John Doe SAFE exams, STD testing, and forensic exams for sexual assaults. Without insurance $11-$26.
Before you get to Mercy:
It is best to have the exam before 5 days after the assault, but it does not have to be immediate.Try not to shower or change your clothes. If you have already changed, bring the clothes (preferably in a brown paper bag) to the exam.Your exam will be performed by a specially trained nurse.A medical exam does not constitute a report to the police.You will undergo a complete physical examination, which may include taking pictures, collecting swabs, testing for drugs, and answering questions about the incident.You can stop at any time.Mercy will store the kit securely for up to 18 months. You can decide if and when you would like to release the results to the police.BMoreSafe is an app that explains more about victims’ options for medical attention, reporting, forensic examination, and support services.
I would like to talk to a confidential resource.
I would like to talk to an anonymous university student.
I would like to talk to an anonymous trained professional.
I would like to set up an appointment to speak to a counselor.
After filing a report or speaking with a mandated reporter, you will be contacted with a follow-up for discussion.
Online reporting form (can be anonymous):
Differences between reports, formal complaints, anonymous reports, reporting to law enforcement, and speaking with confidential resources here
Title IX Coordinator
Campus Security (emergencies):
If you are on a JHU campus other than Homewood, the relevant numbers can be found here.
You do not have to give your name to get assistance/a ride.
Other Mandated Reporters:
Anyone paid by the university, including RA's, staff, and faculty.
What is the definition of a mandated reporter?
Notes about the SARU Hotline:
When you call the SARU Hotline number, an anonymous recipient (who will give their pseudonym) will answer. After you describe what you would like to discuss, they will walk you through their confidentiality and privacy guidelines.
When you talk to them about your feelings, they will likely ask you questions to help you navigate what you are feeling. While it is SARU Hotline policy not to give advice or answer certain questions (e.g. “should I report”), they are trained to try to help you better understand what you might be feeling. For instance, they might ask you, “how does make you feel?” or “what would doing look like for you?” They will also talk to you about ways you can self-care or cope with any upsetting thoughts you may be having.
After calling with a member of SARU, if you would like to proceed with filing a complaint, fill out OIE's complaint form here.
Notes about Alyse:
Alyse Campbell can be reached by phone or email, where you can schedule an appointment with her.
As a confidential resource, Alyse is able to help you find additional resources, offer support through university and local reporting processes (if the is a route you would like to take), act as a sounding board, help with email, chat, etc. Really anything that is helpful, she hopes to be helpful with. And while she does not act as a counselor at JHU, her training is rooted in trauma-informed response (and macro/community) social work.
Caveats to confidentiality (this is true for ALL confidential resources): If someone shares wanting to harm themselves or someone else, or if someone shares accounts of abuse or neglect of a minor (even if the person is no longer a minor) or a vulnerable adult (like an elderly person or a person with a significant disability), even if the perpetrator is deceased.
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline:
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is an American nonprofit anti-sexual assault organization, the largest in the United States. This is an off-campus resource.
JHU Counseling Center
Johns Hopkins Student Assistance Program
Notes about the counseling center:
For in-person services, the counseling center is located in the same building as OMA/the LGBTQ office; past Homewood Apartments (not the same building as the Health and Wellness
Center). At the entrance to the building, push the call button to get buzzed in.
The counseling center is on the second floor (take the stairs or elevator to the right once you enter). Once you get in, tell the receptionist your name and your appointment info. They will double check your information and then direct you to the computers.
If it’s your first time, or if you need to renew your paperwork (which happens every academic year), you’ll have to fill out some online forms indicating what brought you into the CC, what you hope to get help with, etc. and you’ll get assigned a client ID to be used for checking in for subsequent appointments (the client ID is the same if you’re just renewing paperwork). For first-time appointments, or the first appointment after the paperwork cycle is renewed at the end of May, they ask that you come in 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to fill out the forms.
Once you’ve filled out the forms, there’s a separate pre-appointment check-in form that asks about how you’ve been feeling in the past two weeks/since your last appointment (if applicable). The check-in form contains 10-14 questions and can be filled out quickly.
Once the check-in form is submitted, your responses will be sent to the counselor who is going to see you. They will come get you when they are ready for the appointment.
The initial appointment is similar to a general intake appointment.
Each appointment is ~45-50 minutes, depending on when they are able to review your check-in responses, on what you talk about, and on how long you feel you need to be explain your situation.
At the end of the appointment, you can schedule another appointment with the same psychologist or another counselor at the center.
Note that this is different from the walk-in appointment.
The center's walk-in hours are listed on their website. For walk-ins, you tell one of the receptionists that you’re there for a walk-in, and you’ll do the same check-in process and meet whoever is available for walk-ins at that time.
The number of appointments is determined by:
your specific case -- i.e. if the believe you are at risk of suicide, or you are meeting with more than one specialist.the counselor's availability (it's important to note that the counseling center is NOT structured to be providing long-term/sustained care for everyone. They might not be able to schedule you for as often as you’d like)There’s no cap on sessions you’re allowed per semester, but, in general, unless they believe you are at risk of suicide (in which case they try to make sure you can get seen every week), you’ll typically be able to schedule an appointment for every two to three weeks, depending on both your and the psychologist’s schedules.
Some people say it’s not the easiest thing to do to switch who you're seeing at the Counseling Center. They tend to encourage you to stick with the same person because you already have an established relationship with that person, BUT it is possible to switch if you feel you want to see someone else within the Counseling Center. In sum, switching counselors is discouraged by the Counseling Center.
If you cannot access the Counseling Center's Services in-person, you can use Timely.MD which provides virtual visits for Johns Hopkins students and learners, augmenting other services provided by university clinical staff.
Anonymous Student Anecdote about Timely.MD:
I was able to get one intake appointment but that psychologist wasn’t available for additional appointments until June, at which point I’ll be back in MD where she’s not eligible to provide service. However, I liked her a lot. I think they’re getting pretty swamped now because of COVID-19 and students not able to access normal Hopkins mental health services outside MD.
Maryland Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI)
Throughout the global pandemic, the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) and the Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) will continue to provide services to our clients, Rape Crisis Centers, SARTs, and other professionals.
Maryland provides legal services free for students:
Attorneys for Student Sexual Assault Matters
Maryland law (Education Article section 11-601) provides that a party (whether the complainant or respondent) who would like to be assisted by legal counsel during an investigation under this Policy is permitted to access counsel paid for by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (“MHEC”) if:
(1) the party is a current or former student;
(2) the party makes or responds to a complaint alleging an incident of sexual assault;
(3) the party was enrolled as a student at the University at the time of the alleged incident of sexual assault; and
(4) the Title IX Coordinater decides to conduct an investigation into the complaint.
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline -- 24/7
I would like resources specific to transgender and non-binary survivors.
I would like a hotline for gay men suffering from domestic violence.
I would like a hotline for LGBTQ+ survivors.
I would like an online forum for LGBTQ+ survivors.
Provides multimedia resources of varying levels for trans communities and service providers -- topics include: sexual harassment, sexual violence, IPV (intimate partner violence), bathrooms, shelter, and more. This is an off-cmapus resource.
Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project (24/7) Hotline
Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project provides crisis intervention, support and resources for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. This is an off-campus resource.
Besides the hotline, GMDVP direct services include:
Legal advocacy and court accompaniment
Crisis intervention and safety planning
Housing and employment advocacy
Emergency safe home
Emotional support and support groups
First/Last month’s rent program
Anti-Violence Project (24/7)
The Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is committed to addressing and ending gender-based violence on campus and beyond. This is an off-campus resource.
More information about them here.
Pandora’s Project offers peer support to anyone who has been a victim of rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse through their online support group, Pandora’s Aquarium. Their mission involves connecting rape and sexual abuse survivors with each other as an important part of healing. This is an off-campus resource.
Their online support group includes a message board, chat room, and blogs. It is free to join and is safely moderated by a diverse group of survivors.
This free and anonymous helpline is available 24/7, for men who’ve experienced sexual abuse or assault and for those who care about them.
MaleSurvivor is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, public benefit organization committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism.
The Women and Gender Minorities' Caucus (WGMC) operates as a body under the Johns Hopkins Student Government Association (SGA), and was formed in the Spring 2020 semester.
More information about WGMC:
We facilitate communication and collaboration between groups at Hopkins that have an interest in issues affecting women and gender minorities, and propose legislation to SGA.
We provide an open space for discussion of these issues -- join us anytime during the school year!
If you have additional or updated information, please contact us at [email protected] and we will update this resource!
See some of the information on this carrd in a flowchart
More complete information about sexual misconduct at Johns Hopkins University can be found here
Last updated Feb 6, 2021
Information compiled by Robab Vaziri, Eleanor Franklin, and Julia Zeng
Carrd created by Julia Zeng
Edited by Julia Zeng and Ellie Kim
Committee Chair: Ellie Kim
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What happens when you report?
If you are unsure about the reporting process, and have questions or want to talk it through, you can do so with the Title IX Coordinator, Linda Boyd., or other OIE staff members. OIE can talk to you about your rights, different procedural options, and what may happen if you decide to make a report. As long as OIE does not know identifying information about you, and you do not give any identifying information about the perpetrator, OIE cannot move forward with a sexual misconduct investigation report on your behalf and will be able to walk you through the process. Even if you decide you don’t want an OIE investigation or other process – or if you want to think about it – OIE can still help with supportive measures and resources.
What is a mandated reporter/responsible employee?
Certain University employees who have a duty to report sexual misconduct that they learn of to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. They have the authority to redress sexual misconduct, have the duty to report sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator, or are employees who a student reasonably believes have such authority or duty. Confidential Resources are not Responsible Employees.
Responsible Employees include:
Academic administrators and academic advisorsNon-confidential employees serving in a supervisory roleDepartment heads and chairs, directors, and deansStudent affairs staffOffice of Institutional Equity staffFacultyHuman Resources personnelCampus security officersResident advisorsAthletic coaches.
Who is a mandated reporter at JHU?
Click here. Responsible Employees must promptly report all known relevant information to the Title IX Coordinator.
What is sexual misconduct/harrassment?
Title IX Sexual Harassment: The term “Title IX Sexual Harassment” means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
An employee conditioning educational benefits on participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (quid pro quo);
Unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the educational institution's education program or activity; and/or
Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, or Title IX Stalking.
Even when alleged conduct falls under this definition of “Title IX Sexual Harassment,” additional criteria must be met to trigger the application of the Procedures for Title IX Sexual Harassment. To determine which procedures apply, OIE will perform further assessment, as described in Section VIII.
Other Sexual Misconduct: The term “Other Sexual Misconduct” includes all sexual misconduct that is not considered “Title IX Sexual Harassment.” This includes non-Title IX sexual harassment, non-Title IX gender-based harassment, and non-Title IX stalking. It also includes sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence that does meet all of the jurisdictional requirements to be considered under the “Procedures for Title IX Sexual Harassment,” for example if the conduct occurred outside of the United States.
And then they could provide all of the definitions for categories of sexual misconduct from the policy, including:Sexual Assault & ConsentNon-Title IX Gender-Based HarassmentNon-Title IX Sexual HarassmentNon-Title IX StalkingTitle IX StalkingDating ViolenceDomestic Violence
What are some examples of situations that count as sexual misconduct?
Making comments about someone's appearance in a sexually suggestive wayStaring at someone or making obscene gestures or noises; repeatedly asking someone on a date"Flashing" or exposing body partsSexual coercionIntentional sexual in nature touchingDisrobingSpreading sexual rumorsRating peers or colleagues with respect to sexual performanceNon-consensual observation, photographing, or recording of sexual activity or nudityNon-consensual distribution or dissemination of photographs or recording of sexual activity or nudity, including distribution or dissemination of photographs or recordings that were made consensuallyAllowing a third party to observe a sexual activity without the consent of all partiesProstituting or trafficking another person.
While the characteristics of these acts may be the same under Title IX and non-Title IX, occurrences are categorized as Title IX sexual misconduct if it occurred within the University's program or activity, or fulfills similar requirements listed here.
What is sexual assault?
Rape (except Statutory Rape): The carnal knowledge of a person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their age or because of their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.Statutory Rape: Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.Sodomy: Oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their age or because of their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.Sexual Assault With An Object: To use an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their age or because of their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity. This includes digital penetration.Fondling: The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their age or because of their temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.Incest: Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
What is consent?
Sexual activity of any kind requires “consent,” which consists of the following:
Consent means clear and voluntary agreement between participants to engage in the specific act.Consent requires a clear “yes,” verbal or otherwise; it cannot be inferred from the absence of a “no.”Consent cannot be obtained from someone who is unconscious, asleep, physically helpless, or incapacitated (including, but not limited to, mentally incapacitated). A person can become incapacitated as a result of physical or mental disability, involuntary physical constraint, being asleep or unconscious, or consumption of alcohol or other drugs.Consent cannot be obtained by pressure, threats, coercion or force of any kind, whether mental or physical. Consent means actually agreeing to the specific sexual activity, rather than merely submitting as a result of pressure, threats, coercion or force of any kind, whether mental or physical.Consent cannot be obtained from an individual who is under the legal age of consent.Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter and can be revoked at any time.Consent to some sexual acts does not necessarily imply consent to others.Past consent does not mean ongoing or future consent.Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not imply consent to engage in sexual activity with another.
Annual stats on sexual misconduct (and other safety concerns) at all JHU campuses can be found in the Annual Security Report.
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