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Sexual Assault Support

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On-Campus Resources

On-Campus Advocates


Courtney Harchaoui  - charchaoui@womenhelpingwomen.org

Susan Pelle - spelle@womenhelpingwomen.org


Both are located in 559 Steger Student Life Center (9am-5pm M-F)

Both can be reached at 513-556-4418 (9am-5pm M-F)

*For after-hours support call the Women Helping Women 24/7 helpline at 513-381-5610*


Courtney and Susan are confidential campus advocates who:

  • Provide direct crisis intervention services to campus survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking
  • Provide telephone, one-on-one, and in-person crisis intervention, hospital advocacy, civil and criminal court accompaniment, campus-based referrals, and accompaniment to campus hearings
  • Assist students with safety planning and provide information and referrals with each student as appropriate
  • Accompany students to proceedings/appointments/meetings as needed to provide information, advocacy, support, and safety
  • Advocate for survivors based on survivor-defined goals and with the consent of the survivor
  • Serve on the Student Support Services Committee

The advocates will serve all students, including students on satellite campuses, regardless of gender identity or expression. 

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)  (513)556-0648 (24 hours)

  • Provides free, confidential crisis intervention, support groups, advocacy and ongoing individual counseling services to students who have experienced sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking and/or intimate partner violence while enrolled at UC
  • Emergent walk-in services are available during office hours, 8:30 - 4:00pm.
  • After-hours helpline staffed by professional counselors available at  (513) 556-0648
  • Sexual Assault support counselors: Abby Lewis, MA, LICDC, LPCC and Anusha Zechella, Ph.D.
  • ARISE Program - Free, confidential mental health services (individual therapy, group therapy, psychiatry) to survivors of interpersonal, gender-based, or sexual violence.
  • Provides free support and advocacy services including accompaniment and /or assistance in navigating any reporting, Title IX, judicial affairs, or police processes.  Cannot provide confidentiality.
  • Available either by phone or in person to answer any questions, provide support, talk through options and just listen
  • Contact: Jennifer Rowe,  Crime Victim Services Coordinator, Public Safety/UCPD - Office located with Public Safety/UCPD Office (Three Edwards Center 51 West Corry Blvd). 
  • Let's Talk is a mental health program that provides confidential drop-in consultations for students.  It's free, no appointment is necessary, and students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.  Let's Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling and doesn't constitute mental health treatment but the counselors can lend a compassionate ear and provide support.  Consultants can offer guidance on accessing additional resources on campus.
  • Staffed by gender-based and sexual assault support counselors from CAPS.

Title IX Office

  • Provides investigation and accommodation for students filing a report with the University of Cincinnati
  • Contact: Karla Phillips, Interim Title IX Coordinator (513) 556-3349

Domestic Violence and Protective Order Clinic  (513) 241-9400

  • Provides free and confidential representation to  victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and human trafficking in civil protection order hearings
  • Contact: Kenyatta Mickles at (513) 241-9400 

UC Police & Public Safety  (513)556-1111

  • The UC Police have a dedicated victim support team available for sexual assault survivors.
  • Making a police report and ensuring that evidence is collected is important to preserve the option of prosecution, but it does not mean you have to prosecute.

OFF-CAMPUS RESOURCES:

Women Helping Women (513) 381-5610

  • Non-university, community-based free, confidential support, accompaniment and advocacy. Located at 215 East 9th St., 7th Floor.
  • Provides support groups and hospital, court & police accompaniment
  • Walk-in or call 24-hour crisis hotline  (513) 381-5610
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program provides medical attention to sexual assault survivors.
  • Nurses on-call 24-hours, trained to help sexual assault survivors. 

YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter (888) 872-9259

  • Domestic violence shelter in Hamilton County serving 55 women and children
  • Also provides case management, advocacy and referral
  • For  the YWCA  shelter serving Brown and Clermont Counties, call (800) 540-4764.