What We Do


We provide rapid, confidential, compassionate, and free-of-charge advocacy and assistance to BU students who have experienced a traumatic incident. Our particular focus is sexual trauma and rape. We also assist survivors of physical assault, interpersonal violence, and other crimes. You should not have to go through a difficult time by yourself. Some of the ways we help students are:

  • Crisis response: we are on call 24/7/365 at 617-353-SARP (7277)
  • Helping students understand options that may exist and possible consequences of choices
  • Helping students recieve appropriate medical care, both immediate and longer term as necessary
  • Maintaining students’ confidentiality
  • Providing counseling and/or referrals to community resources as appropriate
  • Helping with resources for academic and personal support
  • Providing support for friends, family, and others affected by violence or trauma
  • Scheduling appointments for issues that are urgent but not emergencies
  • Assistance to survivors of other violent crimes and traumatic incidents


The Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP) collaborates with other departments and organizations on campus to foster and promote individual and collective action to reduce sexual and interpersonal violence. Some of these collaborations include working with the Dean of Students office with the Step Up. Step In. BU. bystander intervention training and the Center for Gender, Sexuality & Activism. SARP was initiated in 2012 by President Brown in response to a number of tragic incidents during the 2011–2012 academic year, and a proposal written and submitted to him by the students of the Center for Gender, Sexuality & Activism. We have sponsored and co-sponsored initiatives such as:

SARP welcomes and encourages student involvement in our prevention work on campus. Please contact sarp@bu.edu for information about becoming a SARP volunteer! Watch for our website announcements, follow us on Facebook and Twitter , and send us your ideas about what you want to see on campus!