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ICAN Resources: Choice~Advocacy~Respect~Empowerment (CARE) Package

The particular resources available to the victim/survivor through ICAN are listed below.

Survivor’s Guide to Sexual Assault:  This brochure serves as an overview of on- and off-campus resources for survivors of sexual assault.  The brochure provides the definition of sexual assault, what to do in case you have been sexually assaulted, common reactions that survivors may experience, the role friends can play in support of victims, some tips to reduce the risk of future sexual assaults, and rights afforded to sexual assault survivors.

On-campus resources:

Office of Anti-Violence Initiatives (OAVI)*: OAVI provides male and female TCNJ community members with confidential counseling, facilitates access to on- and off-campus resources, and offers accompaniment to service providers guided by the victim/survivor’s needs.  OAVI oversees Student Anti-Violence Education (SAVE) Peer Education Program and the Initial Contact Advocacy Network (ICAN),  and directs awareness raising efforts and primary prevention initiatives, including Green Dot.

Campus Police Services*: Campus Police provide information about legal options, prepare confidential reports and/or investigate incidents, and are responsible for enforcing campus bans.  Additionally, Campus Police is closely affiliated with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes Unit when responding to sexual assaults.

Counseling and Psychological Services: CAPS provides confidential counseling and referral services for TCNJ students.

Student Conduct: Student Conduct ensures that the community standards for the College are being met and that violations of the Code of Conduct are addressed through hearings by administrative officers and the All College Disciplinary Board.  Additionally, Student Conduct issues No Contact Agreements between campus community members, and initiates campus bans for students.

Student Health Services*: Student Health Services’ Nurse Practitioners provide TCNJ students with physical examinations, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and prophylaxis, and pregnancy testing.  (Note, Student Health Services does not collect evidence following a sexual assault.) Emergency Contraception (EC) is also available over-the-counter.

Planned Parenthood of TCNJ: Planned Parenthood serves female TCNJ students by providing sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and prophylaxis, and pregnancy testing .  (Note, Planned Parenthood does not collect evidence following a sexual assault.)   Emergency Contraception (EC) is also available over-the-counter.

*Service providers denoted with an asterisk will activate the Mercer County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) if desired.

Off-campus resources:

Womanspace, Inc. of Mercer County: Womanspace is the community-based service provider for female and male victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking.  They provide a 24-hour crisis hotline, sexual assault and domestic violence response teams, confidential individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, shelter services, and transitional housing.

Womanspace Brochure

New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA): NJCASA operates a 24-hour hotline to assist victims and survivors in accessing a confidential sexual violence advocate in each of the counties throughout New Jersey.

Mercer County Prosecutors Office: The Prosecutor’s Office includes the prosecuting attorneys and detectives involved in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault (Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit) and domestic violence (Domestic Violence Unit) crimes.

  • Sexual Assault Response Team (SART): SART is the county-based team which can be activated if the victims/survivors agree to having evidence collected and if the sexual assault occurred within five (5) days. The SART team is comprised of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), Womanspace advocate, and, if desired, a law enforcement representative. The SART team can respond to any hospital in Mercer County and the victim/survivor is afforded the option to select the desired hospital whenever possible.
  • Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy: The Office of Victim Witness Advocacy, located within the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, provides crime victims and witnesses with services designed to help them cope with the aftermath of victimization and make their participation in the criminal justice process less difficult and burdensome.

Victims of Crime Compensation Office (VCCO): The New Jersey VCCO provides compensation to innocent victims of violent crime for some expenses they suffer as a result of the crime.

Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN): RAINN provides support for sexual assault victims and their loved ones through their hotline at 800.656.HOPE and

Health-interested Teens Own Program on Sexuality (HiTOPS): HiTOPS, located in Princeton, provides group counseling to female victims of sexual assault and provides medical examinations to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections related to sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Survivors Support Brochure