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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: 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 are available 24 hours a day, seven 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 University Police
Calling from an on-campus phone: Dial extension 3888
Calling from a cell or off-campus phone: 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.

For any student who is a victim of sexual assault, Penn State Beaver offers medical treatment, emotional support, and access to legal information. Health care options, resources for psychological care, and sources of legal information are summarized below.

Review this information and contact the various services if or when you need them. All services provided to sexual assault victims are confidential. Note that hospital personnel are required by law to report a rape to the police, but the victim may choose whether or not he/she wishes to talk to the police.

If You Are Raped

  • Get to a safe place as soon as possible.
  • 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.
  • Penn State Beaver University Police are always available to help you. Call 724-773-3888 or, if using a campus phone, just dial extension 3888. 
  • Seek medical attention as quickly 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 when you go to the hospital, see a doctor, talk with the 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, and/or pregnancy as well as to obtain evidence to assist in criminal prosecution. Ideally, physical evidence should be collected immediately, but it should always 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 when 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 in 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 Victims Compensation Assistance Program.

Transportation

There are several ways to get to the hospital. For an ambulance, dial 911. For Penn State Beaver University Police, call extension 3888 with an on-campus phone or dial 724-773-3888 if using a cell or off-campus phone. Taxis and friends are other alternatives. If at all possible, don't drive to the hospital yourself.

Male Victims

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

Follow-up Care

After the initial examination, it's critical that the victim receive follow-up care. The testing done immediately after or within a few days of an assault doesn't necessarily identify all potential problems. A follow-up examination and testing conducted two weeks after the rape allow health care workers to find medical problems, such as infections, that may have been 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 proceed.

Campus Police

Penn State Beaver University Police officers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to aid victims of sexual assault. The police can ensure your safety at the scene and accompany you to the hospital. If using an on-campus phone, call Beaver campus police at extension 3888. If using a cell or an off-campus phone, call 724-773-3888.

Ongoing Police and Legal Services

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

For more information, contact the following offices:

Office of Student Affairs
724-773-3950

Office of Health Services
724-773-3955

Office of Residence Life
724-773-3959

Penn State Beaver University Police Services
724-773-3888  

The Office of Student Conduct assists in setting standards for student behavior that help to 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 room 113, Student Union Building, 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 may also accompany the victim to University disciplinary hearings through Student Conduct.

Off Campus

The District Attorney’s (DA) 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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