Resources for Survivors
At Bowdoin, we want to make sure that survivors and their friends and families are supported through all stages of their healing process, whether they were assaulted in the past or recently. The following resources are available to support any survivor regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Resources marked with an * are confidential.
Advisor to the Student Sexual Misconduct Board
Contact: x5189, 24 College Street
Benje Douglas, the Advisor to the Student Sexual Misconduct Board, 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: x3145, on-call x3314, 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: x3770, on-call x3314, 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: x3229, on-call x3314, 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: x3314, for emergencies x3500, 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.
Women's Resource Center
Contact: x3724, 24 College Street
The Women’s Resource Center is a safe space, and its director is available for advocacy, support, and connection to other departments on campus (Health Center, Deans, Counseling, etc.). The director can help support and guide students through the process of getting the help they need.
The Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Contact: x4223, 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 LBGTIQ issues.
The Office of Residential Life
Contact: x3225, 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 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 Service of MidCoast Maine (SASSMM) on how to be an advocate for survivors of sexual assault, and complete at least 5 hours of continuing education trainings every semester. Members can support survivors and help connect them to appropriate resources as needed.
Local Law Enforcement and Hospitals
Brunswick Police Department
Contact: for emergencies 911, 207-725-5521, 28 Federal Street
The police department can receive reports and investigate claims of sexual violence.
Contact: for emergencies 911, 207-729-018, 123 Medical Center Drive
Parkview Adventist Hospital
Contact: for emergencies 911, 207-373-2000, 329 Maine Street
Both hospitals 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. If a survivor is thinking of having evidence collected, s/he 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: 1-800-871-7741, from a cell phone 207-725-1500, TTY: 1-888-458-5599
Family Crisis Services
Contact: 1-800-537-6066, Brunswick Office 207-442-0106
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
National Domestic Violence Hotline
The Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women
National Teen Dating Violence Helpline