Health Services

Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault

Relationship violence is not limited to someone hitting you; violence occurs on many levels, including sexual, emotional and physical. It can consist of someone threatening you, intimidating you into unwanted activities, verbally abusing you, isolating you from your friends and interests, or taking away your ability to make your own choices.

Love should not hurt. If you've felt bad about yourself since the beginning of a relationship, that could indicate a problem. If you need help or information, visit College Health Services, the college Counseling Center or call the Unity House's Families in Crisis 24-hour hotline (518-272-2370) or the Domestic Violence hotline (1-800-942-6906).

The Sexual Assault Care Center of Rensselaer County also maintains a satellite office in College Health Services. A sexual assault counselor is available there for students, faculty and students to speak to every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Appointments are preferred, but are not necessary.

Assistance is free and confidential. The services provided by the Sexual Assault Care Center include: a 24-hour hotline; support and advocacy; help with police and court procedures; and counseling for victims of any age, as well as their family and friends.

The above-mentioned services are available regardless of when the assault took place and whether or not the victim reported it to the police. The Sexual Assault Care Center also has speakers available to present educational seminars on sexual assault.

For more information on the Sexual Assault Care Center, contact College Health Services at (518) 629-7468 or If you have a sexual assault emergency, call the Sexual Assault Care Center's 24-hour hotline at (518) 271-3257.