Resources: Sexual Misconduct
Haverford Health Services (x1089) has walk-in hours:
- Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
A student who has been raped or sexually assaulted should contact Nurse Practitioner Wendy Mahoney or Medical Director Catherine Sharbaugh either through Security (x1111) or at the Health Services during working hours. After hours call security 610-896-1111 and ask for the on-call nurse. The dispatcher will contact the on-call nurse, who will return the call.
It is strongly encouraged that all survivors of sexual assault receive some type of medical care in order to check for internal injury, pregnancy and STIs. Medical evidence can only be collected at a hospital is of crucial value if an assault victim decides to prosecute in the criminal justice system. That evidence should be collected as close to the assault as possible, usually within 24-72 hours. She/he should not shower, bathe, brush teeth, douche, or change her/his clothes and should bring a complete change of clothes to the hospital, because the hospital may need to keep the clothes she/he was wearing for evidence.
Bryn Mawr Hospital
Bryn Mawr Hospital Emergency Room, located at the corner of Bryn Mawr Avenue and County Line Road in Bryn Mawr (484-337-3000, 24 hours), provides medical examinations called the “Rape Kit” which can serve as evidence for criminal prosecution. The use of the rape kit procedure does not commit a victim of sexual assault to prosecute. However, it is the only legally approved means of collection and preservation of evidence, should a survivor decide to prosecute at any later point. The hospital is required by law to notify the police that a sexual assault occurred, and the police will then come to the hospital. The victim of sexual assault is not required to talk with the police or to make a police report in order to receive medical treatment. If she/he consents to talk with the police; she/he is not committing her/himself to prosecution.
The Emergency Room physician will ask for permission to contact the College medical staff to coordinate follow-up care. A student may decline permission. If she/he gives permission, all information will be held in confidence by Health Services staff, as noted above. The hospital is also able to provide testing and treatment for pregnancy and STIs, including confidential (but not anonymous) HIV testing, and to make additional medical or psychological referrals to on or off-campus personnel.
Haverford College Health Services
Health Services Staff are available to assist survivors seeking medical help. Haverford Health Services (610-896-1089) has walk-in hours Monday-Thursday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. A student who has been sexually assaulted should contact Nurse Practitioner Wendy Mahoney or Health Services Director Catherine Sharbaugh either through Security(610-896-1089) or at the Health Services during regular hours. After hours call security 610-896-1111 and ask for the on-call nurse. The dispatcher will contact the on-call nurse, who will return the call.
Health Services is able to provide primary medical care and referrals after an assault, but NOT a rape exam. The examination is NOT admissible in court as evidence.
Health Services can:
- check for external and internal injuries
- offer information and referrals to hospital, clinics and counselors
- provide STI tests and treatment
- test for pregnancy and provide the morning-after-pill.
The assault will not be reported to Security, the police, other College personnel, or parents, unless the Student requests that such information is released. Indeed, Health Services will not disclose details of the incident to any parties except in instances where there is immediate and serious concern about a student's safety.
Community Resource Counselors to assist the victim to hospital:
Victim Services Center
Philadelphia Rape Crisis Center | WOAR
Crisis Centers/Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault/Counseling
National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-7233, 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)