Loyola University Maryland

Counseling Center

Sexual Assault/Intimate Partner Violence

Sexual assault is a traumatic experience that often leaves those involved with many emotional reactions. There are services available on campus to help you during this difficult time, including confidential support through the Counseling Center, the Sexual Violence Prevention Response and Education Coordinator, and Student Health Services

Students may be overwhelmed with considering options for their medical care, telling friends and family about the assault, and making decisions around pursuing charges through the on-campus conduct systems or the police. The Counseling Center is available to support students throughout this decision-making process. If the incident occurs after business hours or on the weekend please contact someone from the Office of Student Life (RA, GRC, or AD) and they will assist you in receiving campus support as you make these decisions.

The Loyola University Counseling Center is able to provide assessment and short-term individual counseling for students whose symptoms following a trauma (either recent or past) are mild to moderate. This may include connecting students with additional campus or local resources, if requested by the student. Consistent with our short-term model, the Counseling Center is unable, however, to provide the full continuum of care to treat individuals struggling with a more significant trauma response or prolonged Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Concerns or symptoms that may warrant referral to off-campus treatment providers (either from the start of treatment or following a period of short-term counseling at the Counseling Center) may include:

Need for sessions more than 1x/week or over an extended time period
History of multiple traumatic experiences
Dissociative episodes
Prolonged depersonalization/derealization
Chronic suicidal ideation
Co-occurring severe depression, anxiety, or other mental health concern
Co-occurring substance abuse  

The Counseling Center recognizes that discussing trauma can be difficult and we strive to create an environment of sensitivity, safety and trust. If treatment with an off-campus provider is recommended, the counselor will partner with the student to identify the most appropriate provider and coordinate care with the new provider while the student transitions their treatment. Access to the Counseling Center for an emergency meeting, and assistance with navigating on or off-campus resources remains available to all students throughout their college career, regardless of whether they have been referred to an off-campus provider for on-going treatment.


Additional Information

Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence includes multiple behaviors that occur without the consent of the survivor. Review the definitions of consent and various forms of sexual misconduct.

Following an assault, survivors are faced with many difficult decisions around their emotional and medical health.   

While every survivor and situation is unique, there are some common reactions to sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

The Women of Color Network offers information about sexual assault and intimate partner violence for women of color.

Knowing how to help a friend who has been sexually assaulted or a victim of intimate partner violence is often challenging. Consider these suggestions on how to support a survivor.

Take the It's On Us Pledge to make a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. The It's On Us campaign was launched by President Obama to help put an end to sexual violence on college campuses.


Counseling Center
 150 Humanities Center

Sexual Violence Prevention Response and Education Coordinator
 Women’s Center

Loyola Health Center
 Seton Hall 02A
Office of Student Life
 Seton Hall 08B
Department of Public Safety
 Emergency: 410-617-5911
 Non-Emergency: 410-617-5311
Turn Around
 24-hour Hotline

Mercy Medical Center
 345 St Paul Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202