Resources for Support and Help
The health and safety of campus community members is the College’s primary concern. Call 911 if you or another member of the KSC community is in immediate danger.
A victim/survivor of sexual misconduct or relationship violence may experience many conflicting emotions including shock, fear, anger, guilt, shame, or numbness. Each survivor’s response is unique. Often people find that their eating, sleeping, exercise, self-care or social patterns have changed. They find themselves isolating from others or being unable to concentrate on work or schoolwork. Whether someone chooses to report their experience or not, talking with a counselor or a trusted friend or family member can be very helpful.
Confidential Support and Help
Keene State College has support resources with professional and legal mandates to protect the confidentiality of the information disclosed by a person impacted by sexual misconduct and/or relationship violence. These resources are not required to report what is shared with them to the College or law enforcement personnel:
- The Wellness Center (Counseling Services and Health Services); located on the 3rd floor of the Elliot Center; 603-358-2200 (business hours; after hours 24/7 Counseling 603-358-2436)
MCVP: Crisis and Prevention Center provides confidential crisis intervention services for people who have experienced relationship violence, stalking, and sexual violence, including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and child abuse. They provide confidential crisis intervention services, including medical, legal and court advocacy, financial advocacy, crisis counseling, safety planning, and referrals to other resources. They provide secondary support for an individual’s friends and family, emergency shelter, and Housing First. Their advocates may also be able to help qualifying victim/survivors with unbundled or pro bono legal services, financial compensation, access to food, clothing, and transportation. MCVP is oftentimes on campus facilitating sexual misconduct prevention education and can meet students on campus for counseling.
- MCVP: Crisis and Prevention Center 24hr confidential hotline: 1-888-511-6287 or 603-352-3782
Other Campus and Community Resource
The free and confidential uSafeUS app provides Keene State students with information about college and community resources and supports regarding sexual and relationship violence as well as easy-to-use tools to help them and their friends exit uncomfortable situations and get home safely. Search “uSafeUS” in the App Store or on Google Play to download for free today. Once downloaded, search for Keene State.
Confidential Resource Advisor
MCVP: Crisis and Prevention Center is KSC’s designated confidential resource advisor. A confidential resource advisor is a trained, confidential person who can advise students on their options, including reporting availability, on-campus resources, and off-campus resources. Confidential resource advisors provide students with additional support they need and are not obligated to report to the College.
- National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
- The Network La Red (LGTBQIA+ relationship violence hotline) 1-800-832-1901
- Safe Horizon Stalking Hotline 1-800-621-4673
- National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888
Victim/survivors may wish to seek medical attention. When you seek medical care promptly, along with treating injuries, your provider can test for pregnancy and STIs/STDs (sexually transmitted infections/sexually transmitted diseases), such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital warts, human papillomavirus (HPV), genital herpes, and syphilis. Additionally, victim/survivors may be interested in learning more about pre-exposure medication and post exposure medication that can prevent HIV transmission; these medications are called PrEP and PEP.
If non-consensual choking or strangling was involved in the incident, then a medical provider can examine the area for injury and outline steps for recovery.
We are happy to see you in The Wellness Center for both counseling support and medical evaluation, screening, and treatment but please read the section below on forensic exams since timing is very important for these to be performed. The Wellness Center does not perform forensic exams but we are happy to meet with you to discuss why these are important and to facilitate how to get a forensic exam.
A forensic examination can also secure valuable evidence that could be used later if a person wishes to involve law enforcement. Physical evidence may exist up to five (5) days, or longer, after a sexual assault or rape, though individuals are recommended to receive an examination as soon as possible. Local medical facilities can arrange to have a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) conduct a forensic examination, which collects evidence from a person’s body, clothes, and other belongings. A trained advocate can meet a victim/survivor at the hospital to provide emotional support, which would be arranged by the hospital. The results of this examination can be provided to law enforcement anonymously. The choice to report is always in the hands of the victim/survivor.
- Cheshire Medical Center: 580 Court St, Keene, NH 03431: (603) 354-6600
- Monadnock Community Hospital: 452 Old Street Rd, Peterborough, NH 03458; (603) 924-7191
When a sexual assault or relationship violence victim/survivor seeks treatment at the hospital, the State of New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General will pay the cost for medical expenses, including the physical examination, if the experience is reported to the police. Other expenses related to the incident may also be provided at no cost to the victim/survivor through the Victim’s Compensation Program. Specific information on expenses is available through MCVP: Crisis and Prevention Center.
Other Sexual Health Services
For future sexual health care appointments, it’s important for Keene State students to know that they can receive the following sexual health services at The Wellness Center as well as access condoms and other barrier methods:
- Gynecologic/reproductive evaluations and exams
- Lab Tests
- Birth Control/ Contraceptive Methods
- STD/STI Testing
- PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV)
Keene’s local Planned Parenthood Health Center provides the following services in an off-but-close-to-campus location and also provides access to condoms and other barrier methods:
- Birth Control
- HIV Services
- LGBTQ Services
- Men’s Health Care
- Morning-After Pill (Emergency Contraception)
- Pregnancy Testing & Services
- STD Testing, Treatment & Vaccines
- Women’s Health Care
Academic Accommodations and Supportive Measures
Keene State College may take supportive measures upon learning of any allegation of sexual misconduct or relationship violence. These measures are available regardless of whether the victim/survivor chooses to report the relationship violence or sexual misconduct to law enforcement. Supportive measures may be remedial or protective. Supportive measures will not disproportionately impact the reporting party or the responding party.
Possible supportive measures may include the ability to change academic or work schedules, withdraw from or retake a class without penalty, receive academic support services or counseling, or change housing arrangements.
The College may also issue “no contact” orders between involved parties or limit an individual or organization’s access to certain College facilities or activities pending resolution of the matter.
In sexual misconduct or relationship violence cases, the Title IX coordinator will assure individualized and appropriate supportive measures are provided for students.