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About

What is CARES?

CARES 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/womenscenter.

Who Does Cares Serve?

The program 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 GLBT 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.

Where Does The Cares Team Travel In Order To Provide Support?

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 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 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.