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Sexual Assault/Harassment/Relationship Violence/Stalking

If you have experienced harassment, relationship violence, been the victim of stalking behavior, or have been sexually assaulted as a child, an adolescent, or since attending college, talking with someone about the traumatic experience can be very important in beginning the healing process. Sexual violence is a complex and painful experience which may require a combination of psychological, medical, legal, spiritual, family and personal responses. The impact of sexual violence can disrupt a person's life in many ways. Common feelings include fear, anxiety, rage, depression, self-blame and guilt. Thoughts can be contradictory and confusing, and make normal concentration difficult. Counseling and the support of others can help your recovery.

All Counseling Center clinicians are trained on issues surrounding sexual violence and can provide support and information. A counselor can help you process your experience, guide you in coping with the trauma, and help you consider options and decide what will be most beneficial to healing in your individual situation. We can offer support and information—our goal is to help you make your own informed, empowered decisions.

To schedule an appointment, call the Counseling Center at (603) 646-9442 or stop by the Counseling Center located on the 2nd floor of Dick's House.

In addition to support provided by Counseling Center clinicians, there are other resources and support on and off campus available. A list of services is available on the Sexual Respect website at

Dartmouth's Sexual Respect website provides a clear, consistent message across our community about Dartmouth's efforts to foster a safe, respectful, and healthy campus climate. It also explains the difference between confidential and private resources. See the website at:

Need Help Now--the Counseling Center offers 24-hour crisis counseling for enrolled students or for those who are concerned about an enrolled student.

  • During Regular Business Hours: call (603) 646-9442 and ask to speak with the counselor on-call or come to the Counseling Center on the 2nd floor of Dick's House. Please inform our administrative staff that you have an urgent concern.
  • After Regular Business Hours: the counselor on-call can be reached by calling Dick's House Inpatient Department (IPD) at (603) 646-9440 or by calling Safety & Security at (603) 646-4000.

Apply to become a SAPA (Sexual Assault Peer-Advocate)!

SAPAs are Dartmouth students, trained as peer-advocates, who are well educated in matters regarding sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. Through SAPA training, students gain skills to provide compassionate, responsive and empowerment based support to survivors of violence within the Dartmouth community. Peers are rigorously trained in both response skills and the range of Dartmouth's and Upper Valley Resources.

SAPA Application 

Counseling Center clinicians recognize the importance of privacy and safety as the basis of effective counseling. We do not share information about students seeking help at the Counseling Center with anyone without written permission. Exceptions to confidentiality are rare and specifically mandated by law and professional ethics. For further information, please see Confidentiality & Release of Information

Last Updated: 5/15/18