Resources + Support
Victims/survivors are entitled to protective measures, support and access to resources for healing regardless of whether a formal report is filed. Victims/survivors also have the right to be free from retaliation for reporting an act of sexual assault or harassment. RISD strictly prohibits anyone from retaliating (which includes intimidating, threatening, coercing or in any way discriminating) against an individual for reporting sexual assault or harassment. Anyone who engages in retaliation will be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal from school or termination of employment.
RISD encourages individuals to seek assistance if they believe they have been sexually harassed, assaulted or subjected to sexual misconduct by a RISD student or employee. RISD provides a variety of options, so that each person may choose a path of response best suited to his or her particular situation. RISD procedures are intended to protect the rights of the reporting party (“the complainant”), the accused (“the respondent”) and other participants in investigations of complaints. Victims/survivors have the right to file reports both on and off campus regardless of where the incident occurred. For example, you can file a report with a Title IX Coordinator and also the Providence Police.
Offices designated as “confidential” will not report any information to the Title IX Coordinator. These conversations are kept strictly confidential and, except in rare, extreme circumstances, nothing will be shared without your permission.
Offices designated as “private” will use extreme discretion, but information from these offices about incidents of sexual misconduct must be shared with the Title IX Coordinator so that the college can take action if necessary for reasons of safety. In planning any response, the wishes of the person initiating the conversation will be given full consideration.
Confidential Resources at RISD (for Students Only)
RISD Counseling + Psychological Services
72 Pine Street, 5th Floor
24/7 On-Call Counselor Available by calling Public Safety 401 454-6666
Nurse Practitioners available during regular business hours
Private Resources (for Students and Employees)
Office of Student Affairs
Dean of Student Affairs
Carr House, 3rd floor
ProvWash 3rd Floor
20 Washington Place
Public Safety Office
401 454-6666 (emergency, recorded line)
Reports can be made anonymously.
Officers are Emergency Medical Technicians – available 24/7
They can also provide assistance with filing a report with Providence Police.
Other Private Resources include:
Off Campus Resources:
Day One – The Sexual Assault and Trauma Resource Center: 401 421-4100 24/7 Hotline available at: 800 494-8100
Sojourner House Domestic Violence Center in RI: 401-765-3232. Services for men, women + LGBTQ community
Victims of Crime Helpline (24-7): 800 494-8100
Mass. Safelink (24-7): 877 785-2020
National Sexual Assault Hotline (24-7): 800 656-HOPE (4673)
Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (24-7): Multilingual Hotline available at: 617 338-2355
*Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Law Enforcement Advocates are available in-house. For support in reporting a sexual assault, an advocate can be requested for any RI police department by calling the Victims of Crime Helpline at 800 494-8100. Filing a report with Providence Police does not automatically result in criminal charges being filed.
Women + Infants Hospital: 401 274-1100. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (“SANE” Nurses) are available at this Hospital.
Rhode Island Hospital: 401 444-4000
Miriam Hospital: 401 793-2500
Planned Parenthood Teen Clinic: 401 421-9620
Providence Community Health Centers: 401 444-0530
AIDS Care Ocean State: 401 781-0665 (free Hep C and HIV testing)
Sidney Borum Health Center: 617 457-8140 (free STD testing)
LGBTQ Community + Online Resources
The White House Sexual Assault Task Force created a website to provide information and resources to students and college administrators.
Know Your IX is a national survivor-run, student driven organization to end campus violence.
It’s On Us is the White House’s Public Service campaign to end campus sexual assaults.
Loveisrespect (originally loveisrespect, National Dating Abuse Helpline) was launched in February 2007 as a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline with a supporting grant from Liz Claiborne, Inc. It was the first 24-hour resource for teens who were experiencing dating violence and abuse and is the only teen helpline serving all of the United States and its territories.
Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students is a resource guide published by the U.S. Department of Education – Office of Civil Rights
The following government agencies may provide additional resources for students and/or employees who have concerns related to sexual misconduct:
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
US Department of Education
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109
U.S. Department of Justice
Office on Violence Against Women
145 N Street, NE, Suite 10W.121
Washington, D.C. 20530
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
John F. Kennedy Building
475 Government Center
Boston, MA 02203
You are not alone. Care, support and information are available.
If the Assault Has Just Occurred:
• Make sure you and your friend are in a safe location.
• Offer to stay with your friend or to call another caring friend to stay with him/her. In order to preserve evidence, remind your friend not to wash, eat, drink, douche, clean, use the bathroom (if possible), or change clothes. If your friend does change clothes, be sure to save what s/he was wearing, ideally in a brown paper bag.
• Suggest medical treatment at Women + Infants Hospital, where they have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners on call. All local hospitals can provide support. We recommend women go to Women + Infants Hospital and men and those who identify as transgender go to Rhode Island Hospital.
• For confidential support and guidance, encourage your friend to call the RISD’s Counseling and Psychological Services at 401-454-6637 during business hours. After hours, a 24/7 Counselor-On-Call can be reached by calling Public Safety 401-454-6666; the local crisis center, Day One, also has a hotline 1-800-494-8100;
• Suggest contacting RISD Public Safety and/or Providence Police. Remember, it is your friend’s decision whether to report the assault or not. (Your friend’s identity will be protected to the maximum extent allowed by law and/or college policy.)
How to Help Anytime:
PROVIDE SUPPORT AND COMFORT
• Make sure you and your friend are in a safe location.
• Believe your friend. Remember that your friend’s behavior did not cause them to be assaulted. This is not the time to second-guess anything they may be feeling or describing.
• Listen non-judgmentally and validate your friend’s distress.
• Don’t ask your friend to tell you more than they want.
• Silence is acceptable – your friend may not want to talk but may simply not want to be alone. Be there for them.
• Ask permission before touching or hugging.
• Don’t try to solve all the problems – your friend has had control taken away; try to avoid doing that again.
Allow your friend the freedom to choose when, where, and how to talk about the assault. Avoid blaming questions or statements, such as “Why did you go there?”, “Why didn’t you tell me sooner?”, “That wasn’t a good idea.”
Remind your friend of the many options available regarding medical care, counseling, and reporting. Remember, you can encourage (but not make) your friend report the assault or seek medical care. Offer to go with your friend if/when they decide to report.
Let your friend know that professional help is available through the Women + Infants Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program (medical care and/or forensic evidence collection), the RISD Counseling + Psychological Services, RISD Public Safety, The Title IX Coordinators, any member of Residence Life, and Day One, a local rape crisis center.
GET HELP FOR YOURSELF
If you’re feeling angry, helpless, confused or hurt, get help for yourself at RISD Counseling + Psychological Services.