speak out!

Getting Help

What if I need help?

Whatever the first step is, we hope you will take it.  You are not alone.  The assault was not “your fault.”  Qualified staff can help you sort through your emotions and options so you can make the decision that is right for you.  It is a victim's absolute right to choose what to do, if anything.

  • Intervention and Support

The Speak Out program Victim Advocate provides onsite intervention to all students who disclose any form of domestic violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault.  This intervention may include crisis intervention, follow-up mental health care, assisting with medical and/or legal choices, and referrals to community resources.  Email the Speak Out program advocate at speak.out@purchase.edu, or you may call (914) 251-6390 and request to speak with the Victim Advocate.

  • Help for Survivors

    The best way to ensure confidentiality is for students to initially seek out support and assistance from a confidential resource on campus.  The Counseling Center, Health Services, and Wellness are legally and professionally bound to be confidential.  This means that those offices are not able to disclose any reports made to them or to speak to faculty, parents, residence life staff, police, etc. without your written consent. 

    Making an initial disclosure to a confidential resources ensures a victim-centered approach, allowing the disclosing party to have control over his or her decisions.

  • Medical Attention

    Health Services  provides treatment for STDs, gynecological care and "the morning after" pill, as well as assistance in receiving hospital services such as HIV testing/emergency treatment, all on a completely confidential  basis.  (914) 251-6380.

  • Criminal Prosecution

    Sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking are all crimes, and victims/survivors may choose to report the crime immediately to University Police.  University Police have an obligation to investigate and report to the Title IX Coordinator all incidences involving gender discrimination, and this may result in action being taken by the college with or without the participation and consent of the survivor.  University Police at Purchase College have been trained in victim-centered investigation techniques that are respectful to victims/survivors.  University Police will assist in obtaining a court order of protection; assure that each victim is referred to specially trained counselors and victim advocates; and make sure that evidence is collected in a way which is respectful of the victim and his/her right to privacy and confidentiality and at the same time permits successful prosecution under the laws of the State of New York.  (914) 251-6900. 

  • Campus Disciplinary Charges

    In addition to being a crime, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking are violations of College Policy (see Conduct Rules), and victims/survivors may choose to report the crime immediately to University Police and/or to the Student Affairs Campus Community Standards of Conduct Office.  University Police and Student Affairs/Community Standards staff have an obligation to investigate and report to the Title IX Coordinator all incidences involving gender discrimination, and this may result in action being taken by the college with or without the participation and consent of the survivor. Community Standards staff will assure that each victim is referred to specially trained counselors and victim advocates; and that the reporter is aware of all accommodations and options regarding the campus disciplinary process. Visit or call the Office of Community Standards for more information at (914) 251-6033 or (914) 251-6027.

  • Purchase College Community Partners

    Some survivors prefer to seek assistance from an off campus agency. Either of our community partners, My Sisters Place  (914) 683-1333 or Victims Assistance Services (914) 345-3113.  Both are confidential resources, so the college would not be notified of the report.

How can victims hold perpetrators responsible?

Victims can hold perpetrators responsible by seeking support from those in the College and in the community who are experienced with providing victim assistance and emotional support while at the same time pursuing whatever enforcement – criminal or college – the victim chooses.
 
Through the work of the Speak out! program, the College is committed to supporting victims while pursuing perpetrators to the full extent of college policy and/or the law as chosen by the victim.  College disciplinary actions are less lengthy than criminal proceedings, but they must be pursued with full understanding that the due process rights of accused students will be protected, as well.   The College is committed to working with our community partners in the Office of the Westchester County District Attorney and to doing everything we can support victims who choose to pursue criminal prosecution.