There are many reasons survivors of sexual assault do not seek help. Some reasons may include not feeling certain if what happened was an assault, not wanting to get the other person in trouble, feeling ashamed, feeling responsible, wanting to pretend that it didn’t happen, not wanting to have to press charges, and not wanting others to find out.
A recent government study revealed that less than 5% of sexual assault incidents are reported to university administrators or University police on campuses across the country. At Stony Brook, we want to know when these incidents happen because we care about the well-being of our community. Most importantly, we want know so that we can make sure you have access to the medical, judicial, and support services available both on and off-campus.
If you feel uncertain about reporting an incident to an advisor, RA, faculty member, or the police, you can speak to a counselor at the Wo/Men's and Gender Resource Center or Counseling and Psychological Services on campus OR call the VIBS off-campus hotline to speak to a crisis counselor. These services are confidential, and a counselor can walk you through the options you have to seek help, to report, and to press charges so that you can make an informed decision about how you want to move forward and get the support you need.
VIBS hotline: (631) 360-3606 (24-hours/7 days)
Wo/Men's & Gender Resource Center – SB Union Room 216 (near Starbucks)
Phone: (631) 632-9666
Monday-Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday 10 AM - 4 PM
Counseling and Psychological Services – Student Health Services Building (near the Stadium)
Phone: (631) 632-6720
Monday, Wednesday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday 8 AM – 7 PM
Emergency Hours: Monday, Wednesday-Friday 9 AM to 4 PM
Tuesday 9 AM to 6 PM