Resources and Support

At Bowdoin, we want to make sure that anyone affected by sexual violence and their friends and families are supported through all stages of their healing process. The following resources are available to anyone.

Resources marked with * are confidential.

Assistance can be obtained 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the following resources:

  • Brunswick Police: 911 or 207-725-6620 (non-emergency)
  • Bowdoin Office of Safety and Security: 207-725-3500
  • *Bowdoin Counselor On Call: 207-725-3314
  • Bowdoin Dean On Call: 207-725-3314
  • *Mid Coast Hospital: 911 or 207-729-0181
  • *Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine (SASSMM): 1-800-822-5999
  • *Through These Doors: 1-800-537-6066

Benje Douglas, Director of Gender Violence Prevention and Education 

Contact: 207-725-5189, mobile 207-798-0209, Dudley Coe, room 119

Benje Douglas, the Director of Gender Violence Prevention and Education and the Title IX Coordinator, is the primary contact for any questions regarding Bowdoin’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and the corresponding process. In addition to answering questions and serving as a resource for students, the Advisor coordinates the training for the Student Sexual Misconduct Board and works with the complainant, respondent, and supporters during both a Formal and Informal Resolution.  

*The Counseling Center

Contact: 207-725-3145, on-call 207-725-3314, 32 College Street

Trained staff clinicians are available to provide confidential support to all survivors and concerned others in any stage of the healing process and to help student’s work through any experience of trauma or emotional distress. There is an emergency hour reserved from 4:00-5:00 pm Monday through Friday if a student feels they need to be seen immediately.

*The Health Center

Contact: 207-725-3770, on-call 207-725-3314, 3rd Floor Peter Buck Center

Trained health staff members are a confidential resource available to support all survivors in their healing process as well as provide medical services, such as the morning after pill, confidential sexually transmitted disease testing, and treatment for any injuries or wounds resulting from an assault. While the Center does not complete forensic exams, clinicians’ can counsel a survivor in the process and local hospital emergency rooms can complete these exams.

Office of the Dean of Student Affairs

Contact: 207-725-3229, on-call 207-725-3314, 2nd Floor Moulton Union

Deans from the Office of Student Affairs are available to help support survivors in their healing process and connect them to appropriate support venues. They are able to help explain the choices a student has in reporting any incident of sexual misconduct.

Office of Safety and Security

Contact: 207-725-3314, for emergencies 207-725-3500, 6040 College station

Bowdoin Security will respond immediately if a student feels that they are in danger. Security can also notify the dean-on-call; counselor-on-call; and/or doctor-on-call. These three staff members on call are available to be contacted via Security in any emergency situation 24 hours a day while classes are in session. Note: Contacting Security does not oblige the student to make a report with the police.

*Leana Amaez, Sexuality, Women, and Gender Center

Contact: 207-725-3048, 24 College Street

The Women’s Resource Center is a safe space, and its coordinator is available for advocacy, support, and connection to other departments on campus (Health Center, Deans, Counseling, etc.). The coordinator can help support and guide students through the process of getting the help they need.

*Kate Stern, Sexuality, Women, and Gender Center

Contact: 207-798-4223, 24 College Street

The Center provides a safe and non-judgmental space for survivors and/or friends to feel supported in their healing process, regardless of the sexual orientation or the gender identity of any person involved. The director is available to provide a listening ear, connect students to available resources and provide support surrounding LGBTQ+ issues.

*Eduardo Pazos, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Contact: 207-798-4196, 30 College Street

The Office of Religious and Spiritual life at Bowdoin provides support and guidance for students and groups involved in religious activities, faith traditions, and personal spiritual growth. The Rev. Robert Ives does not represent any one religious tradition, but rather guides and coordinates the faith groups on campus encouraging interfaith understanding, dialogue, and education. He is a confidential resource available for counseling on issues of ethics, faith, and spirituality.

The Office of Residential Life

Contact: 207-725-3225, 1st Floor Moulton Union; or your Proctor or RA

The Residential Life office staff is available to support survivors and help connect them to appropriate resources. The staff is also available to provide support and guidance to Proctors and Resident Assistants who are supporting survivors. Residential Life can also work with Security to address any housing safety concerns.

*Safe Space

Contact: (Support Line) 207.208.0642, staffed Sunday-Thursday 5–10pm and Friday & Saturday 5pm–1am when classes are in session

Safe Space members serve as a confidential resource and are available to act as an advocate for survivors or their friends. Safe Space members complete a 30-hour course taught by Sexual Assault Support Services of MidCoast Maine (SASSMM) on how to be an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, and participate in continuing education and supervision each semester. Members can support survivors and help connect them to appropriate resources as needed.

Local authorities and hospitals

Brunswick Police Department

Contact: 911, non-emergencies 207-725-5521, 85 Pleasant Street

The police department can receive and investigate reports of sexual violence.

*Mid-Coast Hospital

Contact: 911, non-emergencies 207-373-6000, 123 Medical Center Drive

Mid-Coast Hospital can test for STDs, HIV, pregnancy and injury, as well as do a general wellness check. Hospitals can also, at the survivor’s request, collect forensic evidence to use in filing a police report (also known as a "rape kit"). If a survivor is thinking of having evidence collected, they should try to not shower, go to the bathroom, eat, drink or brush teeth in order to best preserve the evidence. If the survivor feels s/he must change clothes, try to place each article of clothing in an individual paper bag.

Local and National Hotlines

The following hotlines are all confidential and available 24-hours a day. SASSMM and Family Crisis Services are both based in Cumberland County.

*Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine (SASSMM)

Contact: 1-800-822-5999, if you are calling from a cell phone 207-725-1500, TTY 1-888-458-5599

*Through These Doors

Contact: 1-800-537-6066, Brunswick Office 207-721-0199

*Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

Contact: 1-800-656-4673

*National Domestic Violence Hotline

Contact: 1-800-799-7233

*Crisis Text Line

Contact: Text HOME to 741741 

*National Teen Dating Violence Helpline

Contact: 1-866-331-9474