Help Someone Else

If someone you know has experienced rape, assault, or harassment within the Harvard community, we can help you help them.

Sometimes, the most valuable and actionable advice comes from someone the individual already trusts. Whether you’re a roommate, parent, or concerned member of our faculty and staff, we can point you to resources that you can share, as well as provide support for you through the process.

Harvard University takes all accusations of assault and harassment seriously, and offers support services, channels through which to file a complaint, and opportunities to find counseling. There are many options available to people who may have experienced sexual harassment, including assault. They can expect to find knowledgeable and immediate help through any combination of these resources, which can work together or independently.

Medical

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To help a friend address immediate health concerns:

If your friend is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911, or 9-911 (from campus).

Know your Medical Options

Additional Medical Resources

Confidentiality

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Some channels, such as the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, offer confidentiality: We only share information you disclose at your request. Others, such as a Title IX Coordinator, control information you share with the utmost sensitivity, but may, in limited circumstances, need to take action, for example, to address an ongoing threat or to maintain your safety.

 

Safety

Safety and security

To help a friend address immediate safety concerns and speak with a police officer, contact the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD).

  • You can speak with a specially trained officer of the Sensitive Crime Unit and accompany your friend to HUPD.

HUPD urgent lines:
617-495-1212 (Cambridge)
617-432-1212 (Longwood)

  • Your friend can choose to work with a female or male police officer.
  • Your friend is not obligated to file a police report if they choose to work with HUPD.

Additional Safety Information

Travel Safely

Confidentiality

Title IXConfidentiality

Some channels, such as the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, offer confidentiality: We only share information you disclose at your request. Others, such as a Title IX Coordinator, control information you share with the utmost sensitivity, but may, in limited circumstances, need to take action, for example, to address an ongoing threat or to maintain your safety.

 

Support

Information and Rights

If you or a friend need emotional support or experienced guidance, contact the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (OSAPR) at Harvard to connect with a trained counselor.

  • You’ll find compassionate, culturally competent support in a confidential setting. We provide help and advice on reporting, collecting medical evidence, and more —all through the OSAPR 24/7 confidential hotline at (617) 495-9100.
  • The OSAPR office is located at 731 Smith Campus Center (formerly Holyoke) and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To find support services for sexual harassment, contact your school’s Title IX Coordinator or the Title IX Office.

  • You can learn about interim measures, such as special housing, workplace, or academic adjustments, that may be available to help your friend. 

 

Additional Support Resources

Undergraduate peer and tutor support:

  • Contact — peer counseling at 617-495-8111 (Thursday-Sunday, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.)
  • Response — peer counseling at 617-495-9600 (daily, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.)
  • Room 13 — peer counseling at 617-495-4969 (daily, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.)
  • SASH tutors & CAARE proctors

Confidentiality

Title IXConfidentiality

Some channels, such as the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, offer confidentiality: We only share information you disclose at your request. Others, such as a Title IX Coordinator, control information you share with the utmost sensitivity, but may, in limited circumstances, need to take action, for example, to address an ongoing threat or to maintain your safety.

 

Report

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To help a friend learn about reporting options in a confidential setting, contact the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response.

To help a friend report sexual harassment, including assault, contact your school's Title IX Coordinator or the Office for Dispute Resolution.

  • You can learn about options for informal resolution and filing a formal complaint.

To help a friend consider criminal action, contact the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD).

  • You can speak with a specially trained officer of the Sensitive Crime Unit and accompany your friend to HUPD.
  • Your friend can choose to work with a female or male police officer.
  • Your friend is not obligated to file a police report if they choose to work with HUPD.

 

Additional Reporting Resources

Confidentiality

Title IXConfidentiality

Some channels, such as the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, offer confidentiality: We only share information you disclose at your request. Others, such as a Title IX Coordinator, control information you share with the utmost sensitivity, but may, in limited circumstances, need to take action, for example, to address an ongoing threat or to maintain your safety.