Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (OSAPR)

The Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR) is a resource open to the entire Harvard community, where people can process and understand their experiences and feel empowered to make the choices best suited to their needs. Every staff member at OSAPR is a certified rape-crisis counselor, and committed to the just and compassionate treatment of survivors and their friends, peers, significant others, and allies.

OSAPR is a resource not only for those who have directly experienced gender-based or sexual harassment, including sexual assault, but also for those who are supporting others. OSAPR fosters collaborative relationships between campus and community partners to ensure a survivor-centered, multi-faceted approach to service provision and primary prevention.

OSAPR provides the following services to the Harvard community:

  • 24-Hour Hotline: For urgent concerns, the 24-hour support and information hotline (617-495-9100) is staffed by trained professionals who may provide immediate crisis counseling, referrals to resources, advice on reporting and collecting medical evidence, or simply listen to your concerns.
  • Emotional Support: Emotional support to anyone who has experienced sexual or gender-based harassment and training on how to help support a friend or family member.
  • Accessing On-Campus Interim Measures: Assistance in connecting with the appropriate Title IX Coordinator to access academic, housing and or other supports as appropriate.
  • Options Counseling: Explore options to find a path that works for you. Identify appropriate resources on and off-campus that fit your needs.
  • Medical and Legal Accompaniment: Support when seeking medical care and pursuing legal or administrative actions.
  • Education and Outreach: OSAPR collaborates with members of the community to provide education and outreach to the community.

Contact OSAPR: osapr@fas.harvard.edu, 617-496-5636, 24-hour hotline: 617-495-9100

Are my conversations confidential? Conversations with OSAPR staff members who are providing services as a sexual assault counselor, a domestic violence counselor, or under a clinical license are privileged under the law, meaning that the staff members are prohibited from disclosing what an individual has shared with them, even in a legal proceeding, unless the individual has given them permission.

In addition, Harvard has designated OSAPR staff members,when providing services beyond those in their capacity as a sexual assault or domestic violence counselor or under a clinical license, as “confidential” resources; this means that they do not need to share information with a Title IX Coordinator when they learn about potential incidents of sexual or gender-based harassment. However, if there is a criminal investigation or another type of external investigation or proceeding, OSAPR staff members may be required to reveal information that was shared with them when providing services beyond those in their capacity as a sexual assault or domestic violence counselor or under a clinical license.

OSAPR 24-HOUR HOTLINE: 617-495-9100