Support resources for Survivors
Private v. Confidential Resources
Before a survivor discloses, it is helpful to understand the difference between private and confidential resources. Confidential resources are able to receive disclosures without an obligation to tell anyone; private resources have an obligation to inform the Title IX Coordinator, whose purpose is to ensure the wellbeing of the survivor and the campus community.
Only three specific groups of campus professionals are licensed as confidential resources. All other staff and faculty at the College, including Resident Advisors, are considered responsible employees with an obligation to report issues of sexual violence. Survivors should expect that any party receiving a disclosure will offer the highest possible degree of respect and privacy.
Survivor Support and Advocacy
The ADVOCATES for Survivors of Sexual Violence are available 24/7 for immediate support by texting or calling (484) 764-9242. A female Advocate will answer, but male advocates are also available upon request. The Advocates are a group of Moravian College faculty and staff trained to listen and answer questions, provide information and resources, and even accompany survivors for medical treatment. Reports to the Advocates are handled in a manner designed to respect and maintain privacy to the degree possible; Advocates report aggregate statistical data to campus police and connect survivors with the Title IX Coordinator for access to additional resources, accommodations, interim measures, and resolution options.
A number of confidential local, state, and national resources listed below are available to support survivors. The Advocates are trained and available to assist survivors in identifying and connecting with the best resource(s) for their specific needs.
Confidential community resources include:
Crime Victims Council 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline (610) 437-6611
Turning Point 24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline (877) 438-4957
PCAR (Pennsylvania Coalition against Rape) 24-hour support hotline (888) 772-7227
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) 24-hour help line (800) 656-HOPE (4673)
Local and state resources for legal and financial assistance include:
Pennsylvania Coalition against Rape (Legal support) (888) 772-7227
Attorney Referral and Information Service (610) 258-6333)
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) (800) 233-2339
Medical resources include:
Campus Health Center (610) 861-1567
St. Luke’s Hospital Bethlehem (ER) (610) 954-1102 (sexual assault examination)
Lehigh Valley Hospital- Muhlenberg (ER) (484) 884-2522 (sexual assault examination)
Novus ACS (610) 867-5365 (free STI testing, LGBTQ support)
The ADVOCATES are trained to accompany students and help them navigate the medical process. SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurses are available at both area hospital emergency rooms. These nurses are trained to work specifically with victims to collect and preserve evidence and provide medical attention. It is important, if possible, that survivors seek medical attention within 72 hours and do not shower or change clothes.
Upon arrival to the ER, the survivor should request to see the SANE nurse for a sexual assault examination. When the SANE nurse is notified, it is standard protocol for local police to be notified and respond to the hospital. The survivor may specifically request a female officer, and retains the choice whether to talk to police at all when they arrive. Advocates can assist survivors with understanding their rights and navigating this process.
All costs associated with the sexual assault examination (rape kit) are covered through grant funding from the PCCD. The survivor’s insurance should not be billed for the examination. Forensic evidence collected during the examination is processed and retained by local police should the survivor choose to pursue a criminal investigation.
Free STI testing is available at a local, LGBTQ-friendly medical practice (Novus ACS) within walking distance of campus. These services offered without submittal to insurance and are covered through grant funding from PCCD.