There are several free, confidential counseling options available to Northwestern students who have survived sexual assault, an abusive relationship or any other type of sexual violence. The organizations listed below are not required to report sexual assault incidents to law enforcement officials. Regardless of whether the survivor wants to involve police, s/he would likely benefit from talking to a professional counselor.
Counselors listen and help survivors work through any anger, pain, sadness, relationship issues or negative coping mechanisms that may be related to the assault. Sometimes the effects are felt long after the assault occurred. It is never too late to get counseling, even months or years later.
If you would like to learn more about counseling and other options available to survivors, you can talk to a CARE advocate confidentially.
On-Campus Counseling Services
Free, short-term and confidential counseling services for students:
Off-Campus Counseling Services
Regardless of whether the survivor wants to officially report the incident, s/he should explore independent counseling options. It is important that the survivor obtains support services, no matter who provides it.
Free, short-term and confidential counseling options: