The Women’s Center offers resources, referrals, and support relating to a variety of topics, including: feminism, social justice, and activism opportunities on campus; women's leadership and empowerment; sexuality and gender identity; diversity and intersectionality; relationship abuse and healthy partnerships; rape and sexual assault; harassment and stalking; eating disorders and health; bias concerns; and other topics concerning women. Our student staff is knowledgeable about on-campus and off-campus resources, and can direct you to these resources if you need information or support.
For emergencies, crisis situations, or immediate/24 hour assistance, call the Department of Public Safety at 717-337-6911. To report an incident of sexual assault, physical assault, or any misconduct (non-emergency), use the College's online electronic reporting tool: Report Concern Form. The following offices and departments are also available to assist you with any questions or concerns:
For more resources on emergency situations, please visit: Help for those in Crisis
Health and Wellness+
Gettysburg College Health Services
Gettysburg College's Health and Counseling Center offers a variety of services at affordable costs for students on campus, including:
Assessment and Treatment of Acute Illness
Management of Stable and Chronic Illness
STD Diagnosis & Treatment
Contraceptive Services (including emergency contraception)
Women's/Men's Well Care
The Health Center also offers a comprehensive list of women's health, men's health, and sexual health resources. To learn more about common health issues specific to college-aged students, check out the links on this page.
Women's Leadership Development Opportunities at Gettysburg College
Garthwait Leadership Center's Leadership Certificate program
The Leadership Certificate program is a one year self-developmental process that helps you to connect your co-curricular experiences and reflect upon them through a leadership lens.The Women's Leadership Track of the Leadership Certificate program offers a unique, skill-based program to teach women students the fundamentals of leadership supported within the Leadership Certificate curriculum through a gender lens. This track emphasizes teaching participants how to recognize and address some of the cultural and structural barriers to women’s leadership, and provides participants with the skills to overcome common issues often faced by women in the workplace.
Eisenhower Institute's Women in Leadership program
The Women in Leadership program is designed to study the intersection of gender issues and leadership components; and to learn about the evolution of women in politics, athletics, business, media, law, and science. Moreover, Women In Leadership provides an opportunity for undergraduate men and women to work interactively with an experienced practitioner of politics and gain insight into the way Washington, D.C. works.
Additional Women's Leadership Resources
Online Relationship Resources
Self-Evaluation Quiz: Are You In An Abusive Relationship?
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Statistics on Dating and Domestic Violence on College Campuses
Power and Control Wheels
The best way to understand the dynamics of an unhealthy relationship is to refer to the Power and Control Wheel. Think of the wheel as a diagram of the tactics an abusive partner uses to keep a person in the relationship. While the inside of the wheel is comprised of subtle, continual behaviors, the outer ring represents physical, visible violence. These are the abusive acts that are more overt and forceful, and often the intense acts that reinforce the regular use of other subtler methods of abuse.
Do you recognize any of the warning signs in your own relationship? If so, we recommend that you seek support from any of the listed resources below.
Gettysburg College Counseling Services provides free, confidential counseling to students. To make an appointment, simply call at 717-337-6960 or stop by the Counseling Services reception window, located in the east end of the Health Center. The appointment is usually 45-60 minutes long.
Survivors Support Group
The Survivors Support Group at Gettysburg College is intended to help student victims of sexual assault, dating abuse, and stalking gain an understanding of the impact these experiences have on their lives, and how to develop healthy coping skills. In a supportive and confidential environment, participants will have the opportunity to share stories, ask questions, as well as give and receive support to other group members. For questions or more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
iLove: A Healthy Relationship Dialogue Group
In iLove, students explore strategies to develop and maintain healthy relationships of any kind. During this one-hour, peer-led discussion, participants will learn how to identify issues of power and control in unhealthy relationships, and will acquire skills to communicate more assertively, resolve conflicts, and problem-solve relationship concerns. All are welcome! Students do not need to be in a romantic or intimate relationship to attend.
Survivors, Inc. is the local domestic violence and sexual assault shelter in Gettysburg, PA. For support, you can call their toll free hotline number 1-800-787-8106 and speak to a trained counselor for support. This line is answered by a trained staff member 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The call is kept confidential, and you can remain anonymous if you choose.
Consent and Sexual Assault Resources+
What is Consent?
According to Gettysburg College's Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy and Procedures, Consent to engage in sexual activity must exist from beginning to end of each instance of sexual activity. Consent is demonstrated through mutually understandable words and/or actions that clearly indicate a willingness to engage in, and continue to engage in, a specific sexual activity.
Consent must be informed and voluntary. To give Consent, a person must be awake, of legal age, and have the capacity to reasonably understand the nature of their actions. Individuals who are physically or mentally incapacitated cannot give Consent. Some indicators that an individual is incapacitated due to intoxication may include, but are not limited to, vomiting, unresponsiveness, inability to communicate coherently, inability to dress/undress without assistance, inability to walk without assistance, slurred speech, loss of coordination, or inability to perform other physical or cognitive tasks without assistance.
Silence, without actions evidencing permission, does not demonstrate Consent. Where force or coercion is alleged, the absence of resistance does not demonstrate Consent. The responsibility of obtaining Consent rests with the person initiating sexual activity.
Consent to engage in sexual activity may be withdrawn by either person at any time. A previous or current dating or sexual relationship, by itself, is not sufficient to constitute Consent. Once withdrawal of Consent has been expressed, the sexual activity must cease. Consent is automatically withdrawn by a person who is no longer capable of giving Consent (due to falling asleep or passing out into a state of unconsciousness, for example).
To learn more about consent and how to ask for consent in a realistic way, check out the following resources:
What is Sexual Assault?
According to Gettysburg College's Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy and Procedures, Sexual Assault is defined as having or attempting to have sexual intercourse or oral sex, without Consent. Sexual intercourse means anal or vaginal penetration by a penis, tongue, finger, or inanimate object.
I think I've been assaulted. What should I do?
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, know that there are options available to you on campus and in the immediate community for support. For emergencies, crisis situations, or immediate/24 hour assistance, call or visit the Department of Public Safety (717-337-6911). To report an incident of sexual assault, physical assault, or any misconduct (non-emergency), use the College's online electronic reporting tool: www.gettysburg.edu/reportconcern.
Are you confused about which offices and resources are confidential, and which are not? Use the college's Reporting and Resource Flowchart to help you make an informed decision about where to go and who to talk to. Also read Gettysburg College's Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy and Procedures to learn more about our policies, procedures, victim resources, office contact information, reporting options, accommodations, and the adjudication process. For additional questions, please contact Jennifer McCary.
In the meantime, make sure to do the following:
- Know that the assault was not your fault. Assault is never the victim's fault.
- If you are comfortable doing so, tell a trusted friend or family member. Or talk to a counselor.
- Get a medical examination within 24 hours of the assault to preserve evidence and check for any transmitted diseases. This can be done at the campus Health Center or at Gettysburg Hospital.
If someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted...
An overwhelming number of rape/sexual assault victims refuse to tell anyone about their experience. So if a friend of yours has been sexually assaulted and does turn to you for support, appreciate how difficult that is for your friend. The most important thing you can do is listen. Don’t worry about what to say. Your friend trusts you and that is what’s important at that time. During the assault, power and control were taken away from your friend. Therefore, an important part of supporting your friend is to help your friend reclaim control.
There is no magic procedure for helping sexual assault survivors recover. The ideas that follow are suggestions to help you if you or someone you know has been hurt. Most importantly, be reassuring, supportive, and caring towards the victim.
Believe. The greatest fear of sexual assault survivors is that they will not be believed or that their experience will be minimized as “not important.” So, accept what you hear—even if your friends thoughts aren’t coming together clearly, or if they appear very calm or emotional. Also, sexual assaults which does not involve rape can be as traumatic as a rape. So treat any sexual assault victim with the same care and concern.
Listen. Just let the victim talk and tell the story at their own speed. Be patient if the victim is silent.
Encourage. For recent assaults, encourage the victim to report the assault and preserve evidence. The sooner a sexual assault is reported, the better. Reporting an assault does not necessarily mean that they have to press criminal or judicial charges. Those decisions can come later. Encourage a medical examination within 24hours when possible, but they are not limited to that timeframe.
Suggest. Seeking counseling and other support services does not mean the victim must report the assault to the College or police. A trained counselor can guide the survivor through the first critical hours after an assault. Individuals who have been sexually assaulted in the past may also want to visit the campus counseling services.
Help. Help the victim organize their thoughts, but let them make the decisions on how to proceed. Try to separate how you feel about what has happened from what is best for the victims recovery. If the victim decides not to report it, support that decision, even if you do not agree.
Take care of yourself. You may feel you need to talk to someone about how this has affected you. It should be a priority for you to help yourself in order to help your friend in their time of need. It is not uncommon for friends of victims to seek out counseling services as well.
More resources coming soon!