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Sexual Harassment and Assault Reporting and Education (SHARE)

http://www.psu.edu/dept/title-ix/

Police Services

EMERGENCY:  CALL 911

Campus Safety & Security: (570) 675-9111; cell (570) 406-4126

Lehman Township Police: 911 or (570) 675-1483

After midnight, contact Pennsylvania State Police: 911

Medical Assistance

Ambulance: 911

Campus Nurse: (570) 675-9250

General Hospital: (570) 829-8111

Emotional Support

Penn State Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Hotline: (800) 550-7575

Student Affairs: (570) 675-9225 or (570) 675-9279

Campus Counseling Services: (570) 675 9225 or Student Support Services: (570) 675-9286

Help Line of NEPA: (888) 829-1341 or (570) 829-1341

Victims Resource Center: (570) 823-0765

Domestic Violence Service Center: (570) 823-7312

Transportation

Plymouth Taxi Co.: (570) 639-1649

Posten Transportation Co.: (570) 823-3333

Campus Safety Escort Service: (570) 406-4126

Student Affairs

Kathie Flanagan-Herstek
Director of Student Programs & Services
office: Hayfield House Room 101
phone: (570) 675-9225
email: kfh2@psu.edu

Victim Resources (Title IX Violations) ?

Medical Services

Health Services:
Suzanne Attanasio
Campus Nurse
office: Athletics and Recreation Building Room 119
phone: (570)  675-9250
email: sua23@psu.edu
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-4:30pm

After Hours Care:
General Hospital Emergency Department
575 N. River Street (Cross Valley Exp., Exit 3)
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
phone: (570) 552-1000

Geisinger Wyoming Valley
1000 East Mountain Drive
Wilkes-Barre, PA
phone: (570) 808-7300

Dallas Family Practice (with referral from campus nurse)
16 Church Street
Dallas, PA
phone: (570) 675-2111

Medical Information

Medical Services

It is important to seek medical attention immediately after and as a follow-up to sexual assault to determine the presence of physical injury, sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy, and to obtain evidence to assist in criminal prosecution. Ideally, physical evidence should be collected immediately, but it should be collected no later than 96 hours following a rape.

General Hospital Emergency Department
575 N. River Street (Cross Valley Exp., Exit 3)
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
phone: (570) 552-1000

Within the first 96 hours after an assault, a special exam that includes the collection of evidence that may be used in criminal prosecution can be conducted. The exam is performed by a specially trained health care provider called a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE), who is typically a nurse. It is important for the SAFE to recover and document any evidence of the assault during the brief time period that evidence is detectable following a sexual assault. Having the examination for the collection of evidence does not automatically mean you are agreeing to a criminal investigation. However, should you decide you want to pursue that option later, any evidence collected would then be available to help support the investigation.

Emergency Contraception

If you are a woman and have been raped, there is a risk for a resulting pregnancy. There is a medication called Emergency Contraceptive Pills, or ECP, that may reduce this risk by as much as 75%. It must be administered within 120 hours of the rape to be effective. ECP is available over the counter for women 18 and older. For women students younger than 18, a prescription by a physician is required.

Medical Fees

Penn State pays for the first exam and transportation cost (taxi/ambulance) and one follow-up exam for all PSU students, at all campus locations. If a student withdraws following a sexual assault, the fees for a follow-up visit/treatment during the same semester will be covered.

If additional medical care beyond initial exam and first follow-up exam is required, certain expenses may be covered by the PA Crime Victim Compensation Fund (if the assault was reported to police).
For more information: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/available_services/14558/which_costs_may_be_paid/607974

Transportation

Student will be assisted with transportation arrangements by University Health Services Campus Nurse.

Suzanne Attanasio
Campus Nurse
Athletics and Recreation Building Room 119
phone: (570) 675-9250

There are several options available to victims needing to get to General Hospital.

  1. An ambulance can be reached by calling 911.
  2. If available, student may be transported in a University Staff Vehicle, by a staff member of University Police Services.  The student must be accompanied by a female.
  3. Student may take a taxi.  Round trip taxi cost will be paid for by the University.  Student should be accompanied by a female friend.
    Local taxi numbers:
    Plymouth Taxi Co. (570) 639-1649
    Posten Transportation Co. (570) 823-3333
  4. The student, with assistance of University Health Services Campus Nurse, may arrange own method of transportation to local hospital. Student should be accompanied by a friend, preferably a female. 

The student will be encouraged and assisted to contact Victims Resource Center at hotline number 570-823-0765. Victims Resource Center which has trained which has trained volunteers who will meet the student at the hospital.

Male Victims

While most victims of sexual assault are women, some victims are men. It is important for men to know that male victims at Penn State are offered the same support services as women, including transportation and payment provisions. Male victims are eligible for the special exam at General Hospital.

Follow-Up Care

After the initial treatment for rape, it is critical that the victim receives follow-up care. The testing done immediately after an assault or within a few days does not necessarily identify all potential problems that could result from a rape. A follow-up exam and testing two weeks after the rape affords the opportunity to find medical problems such as infections that may have gone undetected during the initial exam.

The University Health Services Campus Nurse Suzanne Attanasio (570-675-9250) will assist the student in making an appointment for follow-up exams and care at Dallas Family Practice, 16 Church Street, Dallas, Pa (570-675-2111).

Non-Emergency Medical Procedures

If the rape or sexual assault occurred in the recent or distant past and you did not have the emergency exam within the first 96 hours, it is still important to have a medical exam. This exam will include treatment of any physical problems and various lab tests for sexually transmissible diseases and pregnancy.

The University Health Services Campus Nurse Suzanne Attanasio (570-675-9250) will assist the student in making an appointment with Dallas Family Practice, 16 Church Street, Dallas, Pa (570-675-2111).

If you are feeling anxious about your symptoms and come for treatment after seventy-two hours, you can still be seen at General Hospital Emergency Department. However, at that time, the full rape evidence collection exam cannot be done.

When providing services to a victim, the primary concern is the student's health and safety. It is important to hold the perpetrator accountable, not the victim. Reprimanding a student for drug and alcohol offenses is not the University's primary concern; the student's well-being takes precedence.

Legal Resources

Pennsylvania Crime Victim Rights

Read: "Pennsylvania Crime Victim Rights: Your Rights as a Crime Victim" (PDF)http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/womenscenter/pdf/crimevictiminformation.pdf

Office of Student Conduct

Kathie Flanagan-Herstek
Director of Student Programs & Services
office: Hayfield House Room 101A
phone: (570) 675-9225
email: kfh2@psu.edu

Michelle Yaple
Staff Assistant
office: Hayfield Room 101
phone: (570) 675-9279
email: myaple@psu.edu

Relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking are prohibited by Penn State's Code of Conduct. Student perpetrators of these specific behaviors, as well as others which fall into categories of sexual misconduct, harassment or abuse, will be held accountable by staff and/or designees of the Office of Judicial Affairs. The possible sanctions for these categories of behaviors ranges from disciplinary probation through expulsion. If you are a victim of these actions and the perpetrator is a Penn State student, seek assistance from this university resource.

The Office of Student Conduct assists in setting standards for student behavior that help maintain a safe university environment. If the suspect is a student, a victim can file a complaint against the alleged rapist through Student Conduct. Disciplinary action is taken with due process and can include separation of the assailant from the University and removal from University property.

Administrative Directives for No Contact

The Office of Judicial Affairs also has the ability to issue an “Administrative Directive for No Contact.” This university action prohibits a Penn State student from having contact with the person who requests the directive. It will also restrict the recipient from contacting a victim through a third party. At times a victim may feel that the most important thing is that a perpetrator not be allowed any communication with them and an administrative directive may be very effective in restricting contact.

Off-Campus Incidents

Luzerne County District Attorney
200 North River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
phone: (570) 825-1674

The District Attorney's Office presents the state’s case against accused rapists and others suspected of committing crimes. The district attorney (DA) evaluates the evidence and decides on the possibility of successful prosecution.

The county’s Victim/Witness Advocates act to ensure that the victim’s rights to information and restitution under the law are met. An advocate may also accompany a victim to court.

Emotional Support Services

If you have been raped, you may be feeling:

  • a variety of strong emotions—fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, disorientation, powerlessness, shame, shock, disbelief, embarrassment, denial, anger;
  • a number of physical problems—sleep disturbances, nausea, stomach problems, change in eating habits, nightmares;
  • confused and alone, wondering if or how you should tell your family and friends;
  • that, even though the rape occurred a while ago, you would now like to talk to someone about what happened.

Whatever your feelings, there are support services available to help you.

Campus Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling services provides services to students about a range of personal concerns and is available to provide psychological support to you in crisis situations such as rape. Appointments during the fall or spring semesters can be arranged by contacting the following personal counselors or their staff assistants:

Kathie Flanagan-Herstek
Director of Student Programs and Services
office: Hayfield House Room 101
phone: (570) 675-9225
email: kfh2@psu.edu

Michelle Yaple
Student Programs & Services Staff Assistant
phone: (570) 675-9279
email: myaple@psu.edu

Student Support Services students may contact:

Allan Scoble
Personal Counselor
office: Murphy Student Services Center Room 106
phone: (570) 675-9286
email: ars12@psu.edu

Pat Arcangeli
SSS Staff Assistant
phone: (570) 675-9112
email: paa10@psu.edu

Confidentiality is strictly respected.

Off-Campus Counseling and Emotional Support

Victims Resource Center
71 North Franklin Street, Suite #106
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
(Between W Union and W Market St)
daytime:(570) 823-0766
hotline: (570) 823-0765
toll-free: (866) 206-9050
TTY: (570) 823-5853
E-mail: www.vrcnepa.org

Domestic Violence Service Center
P.O. Box 2177
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703-2177
daytime: (570) 823-6799
hotline: (570) 823-7312
toll-free: (800) 424-5600
TTY: (570) 823-5853

Help Line of NEPA
(570) 829-1341 or
toll-free: (888) 829-1341 

Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley
31 West Market Street
Wilkes-Barre PA 18701
phone: (570) 823-5144
fax: (570) 829-5054
email: fsawv.admin@verizon.net

Luzerne Wyoming County Mental Health Center
Community Counseling Services of Northeast Pennsylvania
110 S Pennsylvania Avenue
Wilkes Barre, PA 18701
(570) 552-6000

Community Counseling Services
99 Bridge Street
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
(570) 836-3118

 

There are numerous private psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers in the local area.  For assistance and referral to private counseling, contact Kathie Flanagan-Herstek at 570 675-9225 or Allan Scoble at 570-675-9286.  

Internet Resources 

PSU Commonwealth Campus Sexual Assault Resources
http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/womenscenter/resources/ccsar.shtml
http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/womenscenter/contacts.shtml
http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/health/healthTopics/sexualHealth/

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape
http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/womenscenter/resources/ccsar.shtm

Pennsylvania Office of Victim Advocate
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/clickable_map/11201/luzerne_county/560992

The National Center for Victims of Crime
http://www.victimsofcrime.org/

Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network Hotline (RAINN)
 http://www.rainn.org/

National Domestic Violence Hotline
toll-free: (800) 799-SAFE                    
http://www.thehotline.org/