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Heritage Valley Health System, Beaver
1000 Dutch Ridge Road
Beaver, PA 15009
724-728-7000

Heritage Valley Health System, Sewickley
720 Blackburn Road
Sewickley, PA 15143 
412-741-6600

Penn State Beaver Referral Information and Advocacy:

Campus Nurse/Campus Health Center
724-773-3955

Office of Residence Life
724-773-3959

Office of Student Affairs
724-773-3951

Penn State University Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Hotline - Call 1-800-550-7575.

Emotional Support: 

Heritage Valley Health System, Sewickley
720 Blackburn Road
Sewickley, PA 15143 
412-749-7330

Heritage Valley, Rochester Staunton Clinic
176 Virginia Ave.
Rochester, PA  15074
Crisis Intervention Services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays
Call 724-775-5208 or 1-800-400-6180.

Women’s Center of Beaver County
HOTLINE: 724-775-0131

Police and Legal Information:

Penn State Beaver Police
Calling from on campus: Dial ext. 3888
Calling from off campus: Dial 724-773-3888

Remember! You can always dial 911 in any emergency!

It's important for all Penn State Beaver students to know where to turn for help and what to do if they or a friend are raped. Whether the rapist is a stranger, an acquaintance, close friend, or date, there are certain services you need to know about in order to get the treatment you need.

Penn State Beaver offers the following services for a student who is a victim of sexual assault: medical treatment, emotional support, and access to legal information. Health care options, resources for psychological care, and sources of legal information are summarized below. You may wish to review them and contact the various services if/as you need them. All services to sexual assault victims are confidential; however, hospital personnel are required by law to report a rape to the police. It is the victim’s choice, however, whether or not to talk to the police.

If You Are Raped

  • Get to a safe place as soon as you can.
  • Do not bathe, shower, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing.
  • Try to preserve all physical evidence.
  • Contact the police by calling 911. This is a FREE call from any public phone.
  • Campus police are also available to assist you. Call ext. 3888 for help.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Take a change of clothing to the hospital.
  • Contact a close friend who can be with you until you feel safe again. Your friend can also accompany you to hospital, doctor, police, etc.

Medical Treatment

It is important to seek medical treatment immediately after and as a follow-up to sexual assault to determine the presence of physical injury, sexually transmitted diseases, 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 72 hours following a rape.

Immediate Emergency Services

Within the first 72 hours after an assault, a special exam should be conducted that includes the collection of evidence that may be used in criminal prosecution. This special exam is recommended to evaluate your physical condition as well as maintain your legal options. The exam is performed by an emergency department physician. A nurse is present throughout the procedure, and a same-sex friend and/or advocate also may be present. The exam is available to students at through the Heritage Valley Health System in Beaver.

If you are a woman and have been raped, there is a risk of pregnancy. There is a medication that may reduce this risk by 75%. It is called the Emergency Contraceptive pill and, to be effective, it must be taken within 72 hours of the rape. This pill will be available from the emergency room physician. If you suspect you were unwillingly given a drug in order to incapacitate you, you must tell the attending physician during the exam. In order to determine the type of drug taken, a drug screening must be done within 72 hours following the assault.

If the victim is a student and the exam has been completed at the Heritage Valley Health System in Beaver within 72 hours following the assault, the payment of these services (up to $350.00) may be made by the campus. The student’s insurance will be used where appropriate.

Non-emergency Medical Procedures

If the sexual assault occurred in the recent or distant past and you did not have the emergency exam within the first 72 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 transmitted diseases and pregnancy. This non-emergency treatment can be arranged through Campus Health Services located in the Ross Administration Building, or you may contact your physician.

Emotional Support Services

After a traumatic experience like this, you may feel:

  • A variety of strong emotions, including fear, anxiety, depression, guilt, disorientation, powerlessness, shame, shock, disbelief, embarrassment, denial, or anger
  • A number of physical problems, including sleep disturbance, nausea, stomach problems, change in eating habits, and nightmares
  • Confused and alone and wondering if or how you should tell your family and friends
  • Even though the rape may have occurred a while ago, you would like to talk to someone about what happened.
  • Whatever your feelings may be, there are support services available to help you.

On Campus

Counseling services are available on campus by appointment. These sessions are completely confidential. Call the Student Development Center 724-773-3959 or contact CounselingServicesBeaver@psu.edu to set up an appointment.

Off Campus

Heritage Valley Health System, Sewickley, offers counseling for emotional support and other services to help the victim deal with the assault.

Cost

Your private health insurance may cover the cost of the exam, follow-up care, and transportation. If additional medical care beyond the initial exam and tests are required, expenses may be covered by the Pennsylvania Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund.

Transportation

There are several ways to get to the hospital. An ambulance can always be reached by dialing 911. Beaver campus Police Services can be reached at 724-773-3888. Taxis and friends are other alternatives. If possible, do not drive to the hospital by yourself.

Male Victims

While most victims of sexual assault are women, men can also be victims. It is important for men to know that male victims are accorded the same services as women. Male victims are eligible for the same medical exams and follow-up care. All other support services, including emotional support and legal assistance, are available for male victims, too.

Follow-up Care

After the initial examination, it is critical that the victim receive follow-up care. The testing done immediately after an assault or within a few days does not necessarily identify all potential problems. A follow-up examination and testing conducted two weeks after the rape afford the opportunity to find medical problems such as infections that may have gone undetected during the initial exam. Consult with your physician and the campus health nurse regarding follow-up exams.

Reporting an Incident

Rape is a crime. It is important to report a crime. However, reporting a crime is not the same as prosecution of a crime. The decision to prosecute in cases of sexual assault is decided at a later time and not when the incident has recently occurred. It is still very important that the crime is reported so that the proper investigation can take place and the prosecution can go forth.

Campus Police

Beaver campus Police Services officers are available 24 hours a day to aid victims of sexual assault. The police can ensure your safety at the scene and accompany you to the hospital. The emergency telephone number is ext. 3888 if calling from on campus and 724-773-3888 if calling from off campus.

Ongoing Police and Legal Services

Police departments in the jurisdiction where the assault occurs are in charge of the investigation into the incident. The results of the exam and evidence collected may be helpful in their investigation to identify the assailant when the assailant’s identity is unknown.  A Victim/Witness Advocate is available to offer support, information, referrals for medical, emotional, and legal services. The advocate can help you understand legal and court procedures and accompany you to all proceedings.

Contact the following offices for more information.

Office of Student Affairs
724-773-3950

Office of Health Services
724-773-3955

Office of Residence Life
724-773-3959

University Police Services
724-773-3888  

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. The Office of Student Conduct is located in the Student Union Building, suite 113, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number is 724-773-3956.

The Victim/Witness Advocate can also accompany the victim to University disciplinary hearings in Student Conduct.

Off Campus

The District Attorney’s Office presents the state’s case against the accused offender. She/he will evaluate the evidence and decide on the possibility of successful prosecution. The DA will act to ensure that the victim’s rights to information and restitution are met.

Campus Police and local law enforcement can arrange meetings with the District Attorney’s Office.

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facilities, admission, and employment without regard to personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualifications as determined by University policy or by state or federal authorities. The Pennsylvania State University does not discriminate against any person because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Direct all inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy to the Affirmative Action Director, The Pennsylvania State University, 201 Willard Building, University Park, PA 16802-2801: tel. 814.863.0471

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