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Sexual Offense Advocate Response

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Sexual Offense Advocate Response (S.O.A.R) team provides support and assistance to victims of sexual assault. The Keystone College S.O.A.R. Team members are volunteer members of the campus community who have been trained to serve as advocates and assist sexual assault survivors in several ways:

  • Getting medical treatment
  • Reporting the sexual assault
  • Receiving counseling on or off campus locations
  • Changing campus living situation
  • Handling academic concerns
What should I do if I have been sexually assaulted?
  1. Get to a safe location and call or talk to a trusted friend about the sexual offense.
  2. If the sexual offense has occurred recently, the survivor should try to preserve evidence of the offense. To preserve evidence of the offense, the survivor should not shower or bathe, urinate, douche, or change clothing before going to the hospital. If clothing has been changed, it is important to place the clothing worn during the offense in a pillowcase or paper, not plastic, bag and bring that and any other items involved in the offense.
  3. Regardless of where the assault occurred, all survivors can contact a S.O.A.R. team member through Student Life or Campus Safety.
  4. The survivor can seek immediate medical attention at an area hospital. A representative from the Women’s Resource Center or the Victims Resource Center can/will be present at the hospital to offer support and counseling.

NOTE: All reports of a sexual offense taken at a hospital will be reported to the local police agency by law; this does not mean the survivor has to press charges.

NOTE: Campus Safety Officers MUST do an investigation if you report a sexual offense to them. Download and submit the Complaint Form

What does a S.O.A.R. team member do?

When contacted, a S.O.A.R. team member will advise the survivor of his/her on or off-campus counseling options, explain resources available to the survivor, limits of confidentiality, and the options for reporting the sexual offense:

  • Choosing not to file any report.
  • Choosing to file an anonymous report. Any survivor who requests to file an anonymous report may do so with any S.O.A.R. team member. No names are used on this report which is for statistical purposes only.
  • Choosing to file a formal report with the Department of Campus Safety or State Police. When a survivor chooses to file a formal report, other departments or agencies on and off campus may be contacted during the investigative process as necessary.

NOTE: All reports of a sexual offense taken at a hospital will be reported to the local police agency by law; this does not mean the survivor has to press charges.

NOTE: Campus Safety Officers MUST do an investigation if you report a sexual offense to them. To file an anonymous report (or no report at all), contact a S.O.A.R. team member rather than making a report directly to Campus Safety.

How can I contact a S.O.A.R team member?

A survivor can contact any S.O.A.R. team member directly at anytime during normal business hours.

  • Marie Andreoli – 570-945-8492
  • Deborah Belknap – 570-945-8480
  • Darlene Catlett – 570-945-8313
  • Sharon Clark – 570-945-8302
  • Patti Davis – 570-945-8424
  • Maria Fanning – 570-945-8167
  • Jennifer Sekol – 570-945-8117
  • Kourtney Shick – 570-945-8314
  • Vicki Stanavich – 570-945-8410
  • Lucas Taylor – 570-945-8253
  • Tessa Wright – 570-945-8307
  • Karen Yarrish – 570-945-8435

After Hours Contact

A survivor can contact any S.O.A.R. team member after normal business hours by contacting the Department of Campus Safety office at on-campus ext. 8989 and asking to be put in touch with a S.O.A.R. team member. The on-duty Campus Safety Officer* will contact a S.O.A.R team member for the caller.

Campus Safety will not ask any specific information other than a phone number where you can be reached. The S.O.A.R. team member will call you back.

*Please note that Campus Safety Officers MUST do an investigation if you report a sexual offense to them. To file an anonymous report (or no report at all), contact a S.O.A.R. team member rather than making a report directly to Campus Safety.

24-hour off-campus hotline numbers:

  • Women’s Resource Center, Scranton
    570-346-4671
  • Victim’s Resource Center, Tunkhannock
    570-836-5544
  • The Scranton Counseling Center, Scranton
    570-348-6100
  • Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton
    570-969-8000
  • Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock
    570-836-2161
  • PA State Police Comm. Center, Tunkhannock
    570-836-6161 or 911

Campus Resources

Counseling Services

  • 570-945-8309

Campus Safety

  • 24 Hours: 570-945-8989
  • Campus Safety Office:
    570-945-8997

Health Services
570-945-8255

Residence Life

  • Office of Res. Life
    570-945-8271
  • Area Coordinator On-Duty
    570-840-8473