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The College encourages those who have experienced, witnessed, or are aware of any form of sexual harassment, including sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, and stalking, or relationship violence to report the incident promptly, to seek all available assistance, and, should they wish, to pursue college discipline proceedings and criminal prosecution of the Respondent(s).

 In a crisis, get help immediately.

 

In the case of sexual assault or violence, preserve physical evidence by making certain that the incident area is not disturbed. (The decision to make a formal complaint or criminal report does not have to be made at this time. However, following these procedures will help preserve this option for the future.) The individual should not bathe, urinate, douche, brush teeth, or drink liquids. Clothes should not be changed. But if they have been, place original clothing in a paper bag. (Plastic bags may damage evidence.)

Seek immediate medical attention at an area hospital and take a full change of clothing, including shoes, for use after a medical examination.

 Immediate medical attention may help to prevent the spread of STIs and treat any injuries. It’s recommended that a physical exam be conducted within 72 hours of the assault. Please keep in mind that having a sexual assault exam does not mean the individual is mandated to press charges.  This action only keeps the options open. (Individuals under the age of eighteen should be aware that, as a minor (child), their parent(s) or legal guardian may have the right to obtain information from their medical records.) Lancaster General Hospital and Penn State Hershey Medical Center provides a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE). The hospital staff can assist with treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and other health services. 

Medical Care

Lancaster General Hospital

Lancaster General Hospital has a multidisciplinary team of professionals that work with individuals that have been sexually assaulted or sexually abused, including nurses that are trained as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. These nurses have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in medical forensic care for individuals that have experienced sexual assault of abuse. The team strives to assure that the response to a patient who has been sexually assaulted is patient-centered and compassionate, and ultimately may provide potential evidence to be used in the investigation of sexual assault. Advocates from the Lancaster YWCA are available to accompany individuals to Lancaster General Hospital. Individuals  receiving an sexual assault forensic exam can opt to pay with their health insurance or may be able to utilize the Victim Witness Compensation fund (kept confidential and not a part of the patient’s health record)

 

 

Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Penn State Hershey Medical Center has a multidisciplinary team of professionals that work with individuals that have been sexually assaulted or sexually abused, including nurses that are trained as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. These nurses have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in medical forensic care for individuals that have experienced sexual assault of abuse. The team strives to assure that the response to a patient who has been The YWCA of Greater Harrisburg maintains  an office at the Medical Center which includes a dedicated Domestic Violence Medical Advocate. Trained advocates  are available to accompany individuals to Lancaster General Hospital. Individuals  receiving an sexual assault forensic exam can opt to pay with their health insurance or to utilize the Victim Witness Compensation fund (kept confidential and not a part of the patient’s health record)

 

 

Penn State Hershey Medical Group Elizabethtown (PSHMG)

Students can seek health services and STI testing at Penn State Hershey Medical Elizabethtown, the medical group that works in collaboration with Elizabethtown College to provide medical care for full-time students. Students will be referred to Penn State Hershey Medical Center for the sexual assault forensic exam.  Providers at PSHMG can assist with prescriptions as needed. Sloan’s Norlanco Pharmacy delivers prescriptions to the College for students. Students should speak with office staff about insurance billing. Please note that some information shared with the College Health Liaison for Elizabethtown College who works at this medical office (Eileen Wagener) will be shared with the College’s Title IX Coordinator. The College Health Liaison must disclose the date, time, general location and nature of sexual violence on or off campus, name of the perpetrator (if known), but NOT information that would identify the Complainant/victim.

 

 

Counseling

Elizabethtown College Counseling Services

The Counseling Services staff has extensive experience in college counseling and is committed to providing high quality services in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental atmosphere. All services are free of charge for full-time, traditional program students.

 If you wish to speak confidentially with the College counselor after business hours and prefer not disclose any information about yourself or the incident to Campus Security or other College personnel, please call 717.361.1111 and request to speak with a confidential counselor.  The Counselor-on-Call will respond to you directly, and if requested, will come meet with you in a confidential campus location or meet you at a local hospital. 

 Staff Counselors are not required to disclose any information about a report of sexual misconduct or sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator or any other College official without your permission.

 

 

Elizabethtown College Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain (clergy)

The College Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain are available during regular college business hours for confidential consultation and pastoral care.  They respond to those from all religions and also those from non-religious backgrounds, providing support in time of difficulty, listening with an open heart, and seeking possible ways to think about the big questions of meaning and purpose that often arise in times of great joy or tragedy.

The College Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain are not required to disclose any information about a report of sexual misconduct or sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator or any other College official without your permission.

 

 

Lancaster YWCA Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center

The YWCA Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center (SAPCC) provides counseling and support to all individuals that have experienced sexual assault or sexual violence. All services are free and confidential. Staff or trained advocates are available 24 hours a day. SAPCC provides short-term counseling, information and referrals, legal and medical advocacy, accompaniment to hospitals, police departments, and court proceedings as requested, assistance in obtaining sexual assault forensic exam medical services, and support groups.

 

 

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