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Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence On-Campus Resources

Voices Against Violence Program:

The Voices Against Violence Program (VAV) at UMBC is dedicated to addressing issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, harassment, and stalking that impacts our student community. There are three components of the Voices Against Violence Program:

  1. Victim and Survivor Support
  2. Staff and Faculty Training
  3. Education and Outreach

The Voices Against Violence Program Coordinator is Ms. Rina Rhyne, MSW, LGSW. Her office is located within University Health Services, Ground Floor of Erickson Hall and she can be reached at 410-455-3748.

For more information on reporting, please visit the VAV page on reporting.

The VAV program also offers a VAV Support Group to all students at UMBC impacted by sexual violence. For more information on the group email vav@umbc.edu

To be directly taken to the response protocol for faculty and staff, click here.

Additional Campus Resources:

UMBC Campus Police: Campus Police: 410-455-5555
Escort Service (via the UMBC police): 410-455-3133
University Health Services: 410-455-2542 (located in Erickson Hall)
University Counseling Center: 410-455-2472
Relationship Violence Awareness and Prevention Program
UMBC’s Title IX Coordinator

Important UMBC Policies:

UMBC’s Code of Student Conduct which includes definitions for stalking, effective consent, & sexual exploitation (sections AA, AB, & AC)
UMBC’s Interim Policy on Prohibited Sexual Misconduct
University System of Maryland’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct

Disclosures of Child Sexual Abuse

All of our community members are welcome to discuss the issues that impact their well-being. Please know that any disclosures of child sexual abuse, even if it occurred many years ago, will have to be reported to Baltimore County Child Protective Services (CPS), who may investigate the allegations. Child sexual abuse is described as:

  • Sexual abuse by a caretaker where the victim at the time was age 17 or younger.
  • Sexual assault by anyone when the victim was age 13 or younger.

Sexual assault of anyone age 14 and older, that was not by a caregiver, is not reported to CPS.

For more details.

Women’s Center Specific Programming and Resources

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April)
Relationship Violence Awareness Month (October)
Take Back the Night (every April)
The Clothesline Project (every April and October)
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence: Cultivating a Survivor-Responsive Campus workshop (offered several times throughout the year or by request)