- About Us
CARES is an after hours service supporting the RIT community. It is a program of the RIT Center for Women and Gender. A group of trained and dedicated volunteers are available 24-hours a day to respond to members of the RIT community that have been impacted by sexual assault, harassment, relationship violence and/or stalking.
A CARES team member is available to provide information, support and advocacy by phone and in person. An on-line reporting system is also available on The Center for Women and Gender's webpage at www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/womenandgender/services/cares/report. You can call or text, the CARES 24-hour hotline number at: 585.295.3533, 7 days a week.
The service is available to any member of the RIT community that has been impacted by sexual assault, harassment, relationship violence and/or stalking. CARES is gender-inclusive program. Women, men and members of the LGBTQIA+ community are encouraged to call the hotline for support.
You do not need to file a Public Safety report to receive assistance from CARES. If you decide to file a report with Public Safety, CARES is there.
Interpreters are available to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing community members are served in a timely manner.
The CARES Team can be contacted by phone to provide support and information at any time, day or night. A team member meets with any member of the RIT community who is considering making a report to Public Safety and travels to the Public Safety Department to accompany them. A team member may also travel to another safe location on campus, if a community member is in a crisis related to an incident of sexual assault, harassment, relationship violence and/or stalking and would like a CARES team member present but isn’t comfortable involving Public Safety.
Public Safety called someone from CARES.
Do I have to talk to them?
No. The CARES team member is there to support you.
Public Safety call in a CARES advocate whenever an
incident involving sexual assault, harassment,
relationship violence and/or stalking occurs. If having
them there makes you uncomfortable, feel free to
decline services. However, keep in mind that an
advocate is immeasurable during a crisis and can ensure
that you are fully informed of your rights, which will
allow you to make informed decisions.
I don’t want to make a report to Public
Safety. Can I still use CARES?
Yes. We understand it is often difficult to focus and
make clear decisions while dealing with a crisis.
CARES team members are there to support you and
will not pressure you to do anything you don’t want
to do. We are there to make sure you are aware of
your rights, know what services are available to you
and to support you in an understanding,
I agreed to meet with a CARES team member.
What happens next?
After a CARES team member meets with you, they
complete a form that is submitted to a counselor at
the Center for Women and Gender. This counselor will
contact you soon after with information about
additional services. You may accept or decline
services and may discontinue any services at any
Are the CARES team members Counselors?
No. The CARES Team is made up of RIT faculty and
staff members who volunteer their time. They have
been trained to provide support, information and
advocacy but are not trained mental health
I’m Deaf. Can CARES help me?
Yes, our services are accessible to individuals who are deaf,
hard of hearing, and hearing. Individuals can call or text
the CARES number, interpreters are available, and there are
staff members that sign in the Center for Women and Gender
who are available for follow-up support.
What if I run into a CARES team member on
The CARES Team understands the importance of
confidentiality. We want anyone who receives
services to feel comfortable doing so. Most of the
CARES Team is made up of volunteer RIT faculty and
staff. If you encounter a team member who is acting
in another role here on campus, or elsewhere, please
know that they will respect your privacy and will not
mention any previous or current association with CARES.
What about privacy? If I work with CARES,
who has access to my information?
The CARES team will ensure your privacy by keeping
all information confidential. Any information you
decide to share will be only accessible to the team
and staff of the Center for Women and Gender.
I am not in danger or crisis right now. I just
need to talk about what happened to me.
Will CARES help me?
Absolutely! The 24-hour hotline is available for
support and we encourage calls. You may also submit
an on-line report form.
I called the CARES hotline during the day and
was told to go to the Center for Women and
During regular business hours, a staff member from the
Center for Women and Gender is available to assist
you. You may call us at 585-475-7464, or come
directly to our office. We are located in the Campus
Center in room 1760. We are open Monday through
Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm. During the evening,
weekends, breaks and holidays, a CARES team member
will respond to hotline calls.
I am not the only person involved in this
incident. Does CARES help the other person(s)
involved as well?
CARES Team members advocate for the identified
Survivor/complainant in a case. We do not advocate for or serve
the accused identified offender. Advocates who assist
offenders are available from other sources here at
RIT. Although anyone involved in a case has the right
to an advocate, CARES strictly serves survivors.
Dana Godfrey Brophy
Md Abdullah al Faruque
Laura DiPonzio Heise
Karen Van Meenen
Frank Thomas Rechichi
Darci Lane Williams
(Sexual Assault, Harassment, Relationship Violence and Stalking)
RESTORE - Sexual Assault Awareness - 585-546-2777/ www.ppcwny.org
Willow Domestic Violence Center - 585-232-5200/ WillowCenterNY.org
IGNITE - 585-286-2713 V/VP/ www.deafignite.org
Out Alliance - 585-244-8640/ email@example.com
National Domestic Violence Hotline for Women and Men - 1-800-799-7233/1-800-787-3224 TTY/ www.thehotline.org
The Trevor Project for LGBTQ+ youth - 1-866-488-7386/ www.thetrevorproject.org