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Help & Support

Johns Hopkins University is committed to promoting a safe and supportive environment for each and every member of our community. If you have been sexually assaulted or a victim of sexual violence, we urge you to reach out to a counselor for emotional support and get medical care. We also stand ready to assist you with a complaint through JHU and/or local law enforcement.

Emotional Support & Counseling

JHU provides emotional support and counseling services through its Counseling Center, the Student Assistance Program, and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. In addition to scheduled appointments with a counselor, students may talk with an on-call counselor 24/7 by calling the Sexual Assault Helpline at 410-516-7333.

"I was sexually assaulted. What should I do?"

Sexual Assault Helpline

The Sexual Assault Helpline (410-516-7333) is a confidential service of the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center. Trained professional counselors are available to students, and offer support, provide resources or answer questions 24/7. 

Sexual Assault Prevention, Education, and Response Coordinator

Alyse Campbell

Alyse Campbell is the confidential Sexual Assault Prevention, Education, and Response Coordinator. She is able to act as a confidential source or help students navigate reporting.

Talk to a Counselor

Medical Assistance

Medical Resources

Victims are encouraged to seek medical care from a hospital equipped with a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) program.  The following hospitals in the Baltimore and Washington, DC metro areas are staffed with specially trained registered nurses and are available to provide discreet and confidential medical forensic services:

Baltimore City

Mercy Hospital (24/7)
301 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21011
410-332-9000
http://mdmercy.com/departments-and-services/emergency-department

Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel Medical Center
2001 Medical Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
443-481-1200

Baltimore Washington Medical Center
301 Hospital Drive
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
410-787-4328

Baltimore County

GBMC (24/7)
6701 North Charles Street
Towson, MD 21204
443-849-3323
http://www.gbmc.org/safe

Carroll County

Carroll Hospital Center
200 Memorial Avenue
Westminster, MD 21157
410-871-6655

Howard County

Howard County General
5755 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044
410-740-7777

Montgomery County

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
9901 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
240-826-6000

Washington, DC

MedStar Washington Hospital Center (24/7)
110 Irving Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20010
800-641-4028
http://dcsane.org

Victims in other locales should contact the closest local hospital and inquire about the nearest medical facility equipped with medical forensic services.

Peer Support

JHU’s Sexual Assault Resource Unit (SARU) is a volunteer student group that refers survivors to resources and raises awareness about the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. SARU runs a peer support line for those affected by sexual assault and individuals who are concerned about a friend or loved one. The support line is staffed by student responders. For a confidential resource, please call the Sexual Assault Helpline or your school’s designated counseling service, noted above.

SARU also provides peer education focused primarily on what constitutes consent, what factors contribute to rape culture, and how to respond appropriately to survivors. By hosting speakers, putting on poster campaigns, and creating peer-to-peer activities, SARU raises awareness of sexual assault and promotes consent and mutual respect in all sexual encounters. Please note that because SARU is a student group, its members are not required to report received calls to JHU campus officials. Students should be aware that information shared with SARU does not constitute a report or complaint of sexual violence filed with JHU. Accordingly, if you wish to file a complaint, please click here to learn more about JHU’s complaint processes

The SARU support line number is 410-516-7887 and the SARU email is jhusaru@gmail.com.