Frequently Asked Questions
The SHARE office is a supportive and confidential space for Princeton University students to explore their options after experiencing interpersonal violence, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking.
The SHARE offices are located in McCosh Health Center rooms 214C and 217.
The SHARE office is open Monday-Friday, 8:45 am – 4:45 pm.
In the case of an emergency during the academic year, a SHARE advocate can be contacted after hours by calling 609-258-3139. Outside of the academic year, Womanspace (a confidential, off-campus resource) or the Department of Public Safety (DPS) (a non-confidential resource) can be contacted.
You may contact SHARE at 609-258-3310 (8:45 am – 4:45 pm) and at 609-258-3139 (4:46 pm – 8:44 am, during the Academic Year) for consultation and support. General questions can be directed to SHARE@princeton.edu. Additionally, you may contact the SHARE Director at email@example.com and the SHARE Operations Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can disclose as much or as little as you choose. Speaking with a SHARE advocate is confidential. It does not obligate you to take further action. The services SHARE provides are customized to meet the individual on a case-by-case basis. SHARE's goal is to provide information to enable you to make informed decisions and obtain access to supportive resources.
The SHARE office is here to help a survivor decide which options (if any) they are interested in pursuing at the current time. We do not disclose any information without the explicit permission of the survivor unless we believe there is imminent risk to the survivor or someone else. We believe in giving control back to the survivor. SHARE does report aggregate, anonymous data as required by a federally mandated statute.
During a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE), a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) talks with the survivor to understand what happened during the assault, and proceeds with evidence collection based on the details disclosed by the survivor. The evidence is then stored in a SAFE kit for 90 days. After 90 days, survivors will be contacted to determine if they are interested in exploring legal action.
There is no cost for the forensic examination and no bill should be generated. Injuries sustained during the assault can also be treated at the hospital; however, fees will be associated with such treatment.
If it is warranted, evidence collection is accompanied by the dispensation of emergency contraception and/or sexually transmitted infection (STI) prophylaxis, exclusive of HIV.
Evidence collection is done if a survivor of sexual assault is interested in or open to filing a criminal complaint. Specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) will collect physical evidence (hair, bodily fluids) from the survivor's body and document any injuries resulting from the assault.
Evidence can be collected from a survivor of sexual assault via a forensic examination up to 5 days after an assault. The survivor should not bathe, shower, douche, brush their teeth, change clothes, eat, drink, smoke, or urinate if possible. If the survivor does change clothes, the clothes they were wearing when the assault occurred should be transported to the hospital in a paper bag.
Forensic evidence can be collected at area hospitals, including University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, Saint Francis Medical Center, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. A SHARE advocate or Womanspace advocate can accompany a survivor to the hospital.
A survivor can be checked out medically any time after an assault for injuries and STIs. Additionally, students can receive prophylactic medication for STIs and emergency contraception without having evidence collected. This can be done at University Health Services, a confidential resource.
The SHARE office offers accompaniment to the hospital and to offices on- and off-campus.
Confidential resources, like on-campus health professionals and chaplains, are not obligated to report information that is given to them. This allows the client to explore their options in a non-pressured environment while they make informed decisions. The only exceptions to this rule are in cases that involve child abuse, imminent risk of serious harm, emergent hospitalization, or a court order. While specific information may be kept confidential, these incidents may be counted for statistical purposes, as per the Clery Act.
Non-confidential resources, like the Department of Public Safety or Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, are required by law to report to these incidents/violations and take legal, disciplinary or other action accordingly.
Click here for a list of confidential and non-confidential resources.