If you are in immediate danger, call 911 or the GW Police Department.


      Call 911       Call 202-994-6111 (GWPD)

If you are not in immediate danger, call GW Sexual Assault Response & Consultation (SARC) for help.

Call 202-994-7222

If you would like to report an incident of sexual assault, sexual harassment or relationship abuse.

Report an Incident

 

 

Get Help

You are not alone.

You can call 24/7

If you have been sexually assaulted, or if you have been hurt by an intimate partner, there are people at GW and in the community who want to help you. You don’t have to go through this by yourself.

Any GW community member can speak to a trained volunteer 24/7 by calling the Sexual Assault Response & Consultation (SARC) team at 202-994-7222.

Options for Support

 

Confidentiality of GW Resources and Support

When you access resources and help through the university, it is important that you are aware of exactly what will happen with the information you share.

Efforts are made to keep your information as confidential as possible, but the university does have to take specific actions when:

  • there is a pattern of behavior from an accused perpetrator that threatens the safety of the university community

  • future threats of prohibited behavior from an accused perpetrator

  • weapons or heightened threats of lethality are involved

  • someone affected by sexual assault or relationship abuse is a minor

Strictly Confidential Resources

Your identity will not be disclosed if you talk to someone in the Colonial Health Center or the Victims’ Service Coordinator about sexual assault or relationship abuse. This is also true for any licensed chaplain, mental health, or health provider working in that capacity.

The only exclusion to this confidentiality is if you express danger to yourself or another person.

Mostly Confidential Resources

When you talk to Rory Muhammad, every effort will be made to respect your wishes regarding confidentiality. Barring extreme cases when there is a threat of ongoing danger, you are still in control of what happens with the information you share. A file will be kept with your information, but your privacy will be maintained.

At times your information may be disclosed to ensure that you receive the support that you need. For example, if you request a housing change, GW Housing will be notified, but they will not know details about your situation. Disclosures will generally happen only to help secure a resource you’ve identified with your permission.

Speaking to Rory Muhammad, does not obligate you to file a formal complaint with Student Rights and Responsibilities or with the police.  However, both of these options remain available to you at any time.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any aspect of GW’s response to what you have experienced, please contact Rory Muhammad, Title IX coordinator.

"Responsible Employees"

Responsible employees are those people required to report any allegation of sexual assault, relationship abuse, sexual harassment, or stalking to the Title IX office. This designation is sometimes referred to as being a "mandatory reporter."

Responsible employees include residence advisors, academic deans and provosts, staff with supervisory responsibilities, and others. Reach out to the Title IX office if you have questions about who is considered a responsible employee.

When they know about an allegation of sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship abuse, or stalking, staff who fit this description should contact the Title IX office and provide whatever information they know. They should not attempt to investigate or fact find. Once a report is made to the Title IX office, the focus is on reaching out to the person affected by the incident to offer resources and assistance. Barring threat of ongoing danger to that person or the community, the survivor/complainant will still be in charge of what steps are taken, and every effort will be taken to maintain that person's privacy.

Learn more about the duties of a responsible employee

Plan for Your Safety

If you have been affected by relationship abuse, stalking, or sexual violence and are concerned about your ongoing safety, create a safety plan to stay safe emotionally and physically.