If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual harassment, sexual violence/assault, or domestic violence/intimate partner violence, please reach out to one of the resources below for immediate assistance:
Victim’s Advocates can answer basic questions about a Sexual Assault Nurse Exam (SANE) and accompany or transport you to the hospital. Contact them here: (724) 652-9036
It is a brave decision to get the help you need during a time when you may be hurting or confused. You have choices when it comes to how you would like to report an assault. We have community resources within our campus that can help you during any stage of the process in a confidential manner. The local police may also provide reporting options while you are deciding how you’d like to proceed.
Everyone at Westminster College has the right to a safe environment. If you, or someone you know, has been hurt by sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or a similar situation, please know that you have options when it comes to reporting. You may want to talk with someone confidentially to help you decide on your next steps. Compassionate professionals will provide mental, emotional, and strategic support whenever you need it.
This link will take you to more detailed information regarding the steps you can take and explanations of the process:
An advocate is a confidential professional who can do the following:
Our Advocates are employees of Arise (Lawrence County), and they provide services on campus, in the Wellness Center, lower lever of Shaw Hall.
All Wellness Center employees, including the Advocates, are confidential resources and have no obligation to report incidents of IPV to the Title IX Office or Law Enforcement.
Title IX is how you report interpersonal violence to Westminster College in order for the College to take action. This enables you to receive information and support when filing complaints against a perpetrator. Any decisions about how to proceed will be made by you. There are options and people available to guide you through the full process. If you choose to use Title IX to report your incident, you will be treated with respect and given supportive measures to help. When it comes to reporting, your voice is what matters most.
To begin the Title IX grievance process, complete the formal complaint form after your meeting with the Title IX Coordinator.
Whatever your choice may be, we are here to assist any way we can. If you decide to contact the local police, we can navigate the process with you and provide additional information.
We can help you in a variety of ways on campus:
As a survivor of interpersonal violence, you are given automatic rights. We are here to help you process everything, as well as answer questions that may come up. Rights pertaining to investigations, accommodations and notifications are areas included when we consider personal rights. We offer support and explanation as much as possible in any capacity necessary. Your choices as to how you would like to proceed are your decision. You always have the right to report to local law enforcement and/or file an incident report through our Title IX page. You may also go to Public Safety or speak to confidential sources to help you navigate the path best for you.
For more specific information on your rights, review the Bill of Rights page
There is no expiration date on processing your trauma. When you go through a difficult situation, no matter what that may be, you need to give yourself time to heal. Be gentle with yourself physically and mentally. You may have to remind yourself that you are deserving of grace and patience when it comes to processing your experience and what you need. Practicing self-care in whichever form helps you, is important to your wellbeing and healing. Remember, there is no time limit on seeking treatment. Whether an incident occurred last week, or years ago, you can get help when you are ready to receive it.
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is a mode of treatment used by the Counselors at Westminster College when trauma is experienced, such as an incident of interpersonal violence. This form of therapy is beneficial because there is no time limit as to when you can begin the therapy. ART is an evidence-based treatment that can help lessen the pain associated with memories without losing the valuable information stored in your brain. ART gives the brain a new way to re-script painful memories, while automatically connecting to new emotions. The goal is to keep knowledge you have attained, while lessening the pain you are enduring. Using ART, the memory your mind retains can significantly change, therefore leading to a reduction in symptoms you may feel. The tools learned through ART can provide a new way to process your pain and help the healing process going forward.
Counselors can also offer therapy in other modalities to assist you in your coping and continuing care.
We recognize the historical, social, and cultural oppression create the conditions that allow interpersonal violence to disproportionately impact minoritized communities. ARISE is committed to practicing with a social justice lens and connecting survivors to resources that were born in their communities, and honor their wisdom, strength, and resilience.
The following are nationally recognized resources for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ survivors and their communities:
Serves transgender and gender nonconforming survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Provides referral to local affirming counselors: https://forge-forward.org/
LGBTQ+ Affirming National Service Provider: https://www.loveisrespect.org/get-relationship-help/
Mobilizes Latinas and Latin communities to end gender-based violence. Provides access to bilingual crisis line and services: https://esperanzaunited.org/en/
Culturally specific support for survivors from Asian and Pacific Islander communities: https://api-gbv.org/
Culturally appropriate support and advocacy for Native Americans and Alaska Natives: https://strongheartshelpline.org/
The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community. https://ujimacommunity.org/
Coalitions in Pennsylvania provide resources and advocacy for interpersonal violence survivors at the state level. Pennsylvania partners with supportive groups in all areas of the commonwealth to provide care and education to their residents. Click on the links to learn more about ways you can find additional assistance in PA.
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV): https://www.pcadv.org/
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR): https://pcar.org/