COVID-19 violence prevention and response information
For many people, the isolation that is being mandated in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 creates a different unsafe environment. Abusers may use concerns about the virus as a way to further isolate or intimidate their victims. No matter where you are staying or who is staying with you, you deserve to feel safe, emotionally and physically.
If someone uses threats of COVID-19 to make you anxious or make you afraid to leave or return to your home, remember:
You deserve security.
If someone uses their words to hurt you, remember:
You deserve respect.
If someone hurts your body or intimidates you, remember:
You deserve safety.
If someone coerces, intimidates, or manipulates you in order to have sexual contact, remember:
You deserve consensual contact.
If someone is tracking you, watching you, or repeatedly contacting you in ways that make you scared for yourself or others, remember:
You deserve privacy.
USM students, staff, and faculty should know about the following resources, as they can be useful in their own lives, or to support others. No matter where you are and no matter when something may have happened, there is someone on the other end of the line to help.
The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence:
24 Hour Hotline 1-866-834-HELP
Call to talk, create a safety plan, get information on other resources, like how to file for a Protection From Abuse (PFA) or Protection from Harassment (PFH) order, or get connected with legal services
At this time, in-person services are not possible, but phone-support is always available.
They are available to discuss concerns about stalking, as well.
The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault:
24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-871-7741
Between the hours of 8am-11pm Monday-Friday, you can also text the hotline number OR chat at https://www.mecasa.org/online-help.html
Call to talk, create a safety plan, get information on other resources, or get connected with legal services
Advocates are available by phone to accompany anyone wishing to get a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (sometimes called a Rape Kit). They can talk someone through the process and any questions or decisions that someone may have.
Need to talk?
Reach out to Sarah Holmes, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator. She is a private resource* and can support anyone who may have questions or concerns about anything that has happened in the past or is currently happening: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach out to Health and Counseling Services as a confidential resource* on campus who can provide support for past or current concerns. Email them at email@example.com or check out their website for a list of phone numbers: https://usm.maine.edu/uhcs/counseling-services
Need more info?
Please complete the Not Anymore Training on your MyUSM Portal in order to learn more about the signs of abuse and/or violence, as well as ways to keep others safe. Under UMS Student Announcements, look for "Sexual Assault Prevention Training."
Want to Keep in Touch?
Follow Campus Safety Project on Instagram @campussafetyproject4usm or on Facebook to keep the conversation going!
Domestic Violence and Stalking
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
OR text LOVEIS to 22522
OR chat at thehotline.org
Need a Safety Plan?
Learn more about how you can safety plan if you are concerned about your own well-being: https://www.loveisrespect.org/for-yourself/safety-planning/
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): 1-800-656-4673
OR chat at https://hotline.rainn.org/online
*All USM employees (excluding licensed, clinical staff in University Health and Counseling, ordained Chaplains participating in the Religious and Spiritual Life Council, and medical professionals working in that capacity at the time of disclosure) are mandated reporters.