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A person who experiences an incident of sexual misconduct has a number of options for help and support. Links for the support resources listed below are found on the left.
If you or someone you know are in a life-threatening situation, contact the police immediately by calling 911. Get to a safe place as soon as possible.
Contact the UMD's Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC), or the Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA, a program in the Duluth community). Both resources are free and completely confidential, and both have advocates that can help a person who experiences an incident of sexual misconduct make decisions. WRAC can also assist the person with making supportive changes (living accommodations, class schedules, student activities, etc.).
|Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) - for students only||(218) 726-6292 or (218) 726-8444||Kirby Student Center firstname.lastname@example.org|
- Listening to every story and validating experiences
- Providing information on available options
- Making referrals to other agencies (with permission from the student)
|Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA)||(218) 726-1442 or 24-hour crisis line (218) 726-1931||32 East 1st Street, Duluth|
- Providing a 24-hour crisis line
- Providing a 24-hour free Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program at St. Luke's Hospital and Essentia Health Medical Center emergency departments
- Providing help for obtaining medical assistance
- Professional counseling (to include specialized adolescent advocacy for those under the age of 25)
- Legal advocacy, including assisting in reporting and accompanying the victim/survivor to any related interviews or meetings
- Support groups
Contact UMD Counseling Services, another free and completely confidential resource available to students.
|UMD Counseling Services (for students only)||(218) 726-7913||615 Niagara Courtemail@example.com|
- Providing information in a safe, supportive atmosphere in which to share their experiences
- Encouraging expression of thoughts and feelings about what happened
- Processing emotions related to the experience and in making decisions about who to tell and where to get support
- Discussing options available regarding reporting of the incident
- Referral to community resources (if needed/requested) for medical and/or legal concerns
- Helping to manage school responsibilities in a time of crisis; may recommend changes to academic program or housing arrangements
- Assisting to regain control over their lives
- Providing ongoing therapy as needed
Contact a clergy member of one of UMD's religious/spiritual organizations. Clergy will help the victim/survivor by providing counseling and making appropriate referrals.
Employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program.
|Employee Assistance Program||(888) 243-5744 or (612) 625-2820|
Duluth's two area hospital systems also provide support for people who have experienced an incident of sexual assault or relationship violence.
|Essentia Health (St. Mary's)||(218) 786-4000||407 E. 3rd Street, Duluth|
|St. Luke's Hospital||(218) 249-5555||915 E. 1st Street, Duluth|
- Providing complete medical exams
- Providing appropriate treatment, including pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, and STD/HIV prevention medication
- Collecting evidence
UMD Health Services offers a number of medical services for UMD students.
|UMD Health Services (for students only)||(218) 726-78155||615 Niagara Courtfirstname.lastname@example.org|
- Providing emergency contraception
- Providing a medical exam
- Providing appropriate treatment, to include pregnancy testing and STD treatment
- Making a referral to counseling (with the victim/survivor's permission)
- Making a referral to a local hospital (with the victim/survivor's permission)