Sexual Assault & Harassment Resources
Sexual Assault Response Line
Available through Psychological Services' on-call system. Confidential crisis support and information is available for any Brown student dealing with sexual assault. The on-call counselor is also available to accompany a victim to the hospital.
Coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy
Bita Shooshani is the main contact person for helping students affected by sexual violence. Confidential services include support for a survivor or the friends of a survivor, help filing a complaint (if that is the student's choice) and educational programs for the student community.
Brown Health Education
Health Education's web site has extensive information on sexual assault, harrassment and dating violence, including how to help a friend, date rape drugs, the rape exam and same sex dating violence.
Sexual Assault Information and Resources Network
This network is comprised of graduate students, faculty, and staff that have received training on Brown's resources and reporting procedures. Members of the network are available to talk through your options after experiencing harassment or assault. This includes identifying potential systems of support both internal and external to Brown, as well as outlining the details and potential outcomes of reporting an incident to appropriate university officials. Feel free to contact any of the members if you are hoping to learn more about your options or if you need extra support at any point in the process of dealing with an event.
Bita Shooshani, Coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy 401-863-2794
Gail Cohee, Director of the Sarah Doyle Women's Center and Assistant Dean of the College, 401-863-3402
Timothy Shiner, Director of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center and Student Activities, 401-863-2341
Kisa Takesue, Director of Leadership Programs, Office of Continuing Education
Sara Matthiesen, Graduate Student Coordinator, Sarah Doyle Women's Center
Sexual Harassment Information Liaisons
If you would like assistance or wish to report sexually harassing behavior by faculty or staff, contact the Sexual Harassment Reporting Liaisons:
Gail Cohee, 401-863-3402
Dean Maria Suarez, Office of Student Life, 401-863-3145
Brown Public Safety, Special Victims Unit
401-863-4111 (emergency response) or Michelle Nuey, 401-863-2542
This Unit provide information and support concerning University and Providence Police reporting options. Services include safety planning, victim advocacy, court accompaniment and assistance with obtaining restraining orders. Seeking help from the Special Victims Unit does not require you to file a police report.
Brown Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Emergency response available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
University Health Services
Confidential medical care, testing and treatment. Emergency contraceptive pills and treatment for sexually transmitted infections are available. Emergency care available 24 hours a day. Located at 13 Brown Street on the corner of Brown and Charlesfield Streets.
Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Hotline
If you or someone you know needs help because of a sexual assault or an abusive relationship, call this hotline 24 hours a day. Counselor-advocates provide confidential support and are available to accompany victims of sexual assault to the hospital and police station. Ongoing counseling and support groups are available. (Available in Rhode Island only. Check your local phone book if you are in another state.)
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
This is a national hotline for victims of sexual assault. The hotline offers free, confidential counseling and support 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the country. When a survivor calls the hotline, s/he is connected to the nearest local rape crisis center through a unique computer routing system that maintains the confidentiality of callers.
Local Hospitals and Emergency Rooms:
Women & Infants Hospital
101 Dudley Street, Providence
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street, Providence
164 Summit Avenue, Providence
RI Gay & Lesbian Helpline
Available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7pm to 10 pm.
The Network for Battered Lesbians and Bisexual Women
617-423-SAFE (Hotline in English and Spanish)
This program offers free services in English and Spanish for battered lesbians, bisexual women and transgender folks. These services include a hotline, emergency shelter and advocacy programs. Located in Boston, Massachusetts.
ALA's Resource Guide for Speaking OUT Against Bullying
PFLAG Providence/Greater Providence
500 Angell Street, Apt. 212
Providence, RI 02906
PFLAG Tiverton/East Bay
85 Roseland Terrace
Tiverton, RI 02878
Rhode Island Alliance For Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Civil Rights
P.O. Box 5758
Weybosset Hill Station
Providence, RI 02903-0758
Rhode Island's Fund for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Initiatives
Equity Action is a fund within The Rhode Island Foundation and was established to advance the equitable treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) residents of Rhode Island.
Adrian Bonéy, Grant Programs Officer
c/o The Rhode Island Foundation
One Union Station
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Youth Pride Inc.
Youth Pride, Inc. (YPI) is the only statewide nonprofit organization with programming dedicated to meeting the social, emotional and educational needs of youth and young adults impacted by sexual orientation and gender identity. The organization works to attack the underlying causes of the difficulties for lgbtq youth while providing the services they need to advocate for their own change.
743 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
AIDS Care Ocean State
As Rhode Island's largest provider of direct-care services to persons affected by HIV and AIDS, AIDS Care Ocean State is dedicated to providing quality housing, case management, medical and nursing care, and prevention to adults, families, adolescents and children who are affected by or at risk for HIV infection. ACOS has the only assisted living facility in Rhode Island for people with HIV/AIDS, as well as a 24 –hour nursery and over 80 apartments for people living with HIV/AIDS.
18 Parkis Avenue
Providence, RI 02907
USA National Suicide Hotlines
Toll-Free / 24 hours / 7 days a week
Food & Shelter Resources
Rhode Island Food Bank
104 Hay Street, West Warwick, RI 02893
Domestic Violence Shelter. Provide shelter, safety, support, education and advocacy to break the cycle of violence.
Phone 401-861-6191, 401-658-4334 (24 hour hotline)
Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless
160 Broad Street
Providence, RI 02903
Crossroads Rhode Island
Crossroads Rhode Island, formerly Travelers Aid of Rhode Island, is the largest homeless services organization in the state. We provide assistance 24-hours a day, seven days a week, for a broad spectrum of Rhode Islanders
160 Broad Street,
Providence, RI 02903
HelpLine 401-351-6500 or 800-367-2700