Resources for Victim-survivors and Friends

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, there are many options and resources available on campus and in the local community. These measures are options that should be chosen based on the needs and desires of the victim-survivor. Every person responds to and heals from sexual assault and trauma differently.

Actions You Can Take

Seek Support Offered by the University

Contact one of the Bucknell Advocates

The Advocates can get you help, or discuss your medical, legal and support options.

Learn more

Visit or call the Counseling & Student Development Center

Call the Counseling & Student Development Center at 570-577-1604. Someone is available 24/7 to answer questions and schedule an appointment.

  • This service is available to all students on and off campus.
  • Walk-in hours are 3–4 p.m. on weekdays in the Graham Building.
  • All Counseling & Student Development Center services are free.

More information about the Counseling & Student Development Center

Contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator

Contact the Title IX Coordinator to make a request for a supportive measure. A student can request a measure even if he or she chooses not to move forward with an investigation.

Measures include:

  • No-contact orders
  • Access to counseling services
  • Employment
  • Transportation
  • Academic flexibility
  • Residence hall reassignment

Kate Grimes, Title IX Coordinator
204 Elaine Langone Center

More information about Title IX

Report the Incident

Call 911, Public Safety or the Title IX coordinator to file a report.

Public Safety

Kate Grimes, Title IX coordinator

Seek Medical Treatment, Request a Forensic Exam

Go to Bucknell Student Health or Evangelical Community Hospital to receive medical treatment.

Evangelical Community Hospital 
One Hospital Drive 
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Evangelical Community Hospital has a trained sexual assault nurse examiner on call 24/7 to provide sensitive care and forensic exams to victims to collect and preserve evidence.

  • The Advocates are able to arrange transportation to the hospital and accompany you to your exam.
  • The hospital recommends that you take measures to preserve evidence such as not showering or changing clothes before a forensic exam. An exam can still be performed regardless.
  • Forensic exams can be conducted up to 96 hours after a sexual assault.

Request No-contact Orders or Supportive Measures

Contact the Title IX coordinator to request no-contact orders or supportive measures including academic flexibility, housing changes and employment modifications. Supportive measures can be implemented even if you decided not to proceed with an investigation.

How to Help a Friend

More often than not, the first person a victim-survivor reaches out to tell about their experience is a friend or peer, so it can be important for you to know how to help a friend who has experienced sexual misconduct (including sexual assault), relationship violence or stalking.

If a friend tells you about their experience, it's important to thank them for trusting you with this information and to let them know that you believe them and are there to support them. It's also important to remember that experiencing interpersonal violence means that they have experienced a loss of control, so you should always focus on supporting the individual in whatever choices they decide to make. Individuals can experience and react to trauma very differently, so it's important to be sensitive to whatever emotions they might be feeling. A victim-survivor might feel frightened, upset or angry. They also might feel numb and experience a desire to return to normal as soon as possible.

If Your Friend Experienced Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence or Stalking

  • Help your friend understand all their options and available resources.
  • Offer to support or accompany your friend in getting help or accessing resources. You could offer to call The Advocates for them, or to walk with them to the Counseling & Student Development Center.
  • Let them know that you are there to support them. Check in on them to see how they are doing, but be respectful if they don't want to talk more about what has happened.
  • Respect your friend's privacy. Don't tell other people what they have shared with you unless you have received their permission or you suspect they may be in danger.
  • Take care of yourself. Supporting someone who has experienced sexual violence can be a difficult and frightening task on its own. Friends and family of survivors may experience burnout or secondary trauma as a result of trying to help the victim-survivor.
  • It's important for you to know that you can also access any of the campus resources if you need support or advice. The advocates can give you advice on how to help a friend and other resources can also offer you support services as well.

If Your Friend is in an Unhealthy or Abusive Relationship

  • Never try to force your friend to leave if they are not ready.
  • Focus on offering them healthy friendship and support and let them know you are there to help them whenever they need it.
  • Help them to make a safety plan of ways to keep themselves safe in the relationship if needed.

If Your Friend is Experiencing Stalking

  • Encourage them to document any interactions, messages or communications from the individual, including taking screenshots if possible.
  • Help them think of ways to keep themselves, their personal information and their property safe.