Crisis Chat Disclaimer:
About Crisis Chat
MSU’s Sexual Assault Program (SAP) Crisis Chat is staffed by Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention trained volunteers. Our volunteers are here to support survivors, their friends, and family. Support includes:
- Discussing feelings related to sexual assault
- Connecting to campus resources
- Connecting to local resources
- Information about advocacy services (housing, academic, medical, legal)
- Answering questions you have about sexual assault
Crisis Chat is not a replacement for in person therapy. However, it is a way to get immediate support and access to resources. If you are seeking therapy, SAP offers free individual and group therapy for students. SAP also offers free advocacy services for MSU students and community members in the Lansing area.
SAP is a confidential resource and will not report information shared during Crisis Chat. However, the law requires that we break confidentiality when certain types of information is shared. This includes:
- Suspected child or elder abuse
- Immediate threat to harm yourself or others
- When subpoenaed by a court of law
Speaking or chatting with a SAP advocate means that you agree to these terms. Please feel free to ask the SAP advocate to explain more before sharing information if you have concerns about confidentiality.
Suicide and Homicide
If you report that you are actively suicidal or homicidal, we will encourage you to seek out emergency help or contact 911.
SAP will make every effort to secure your privacy. We do not ask for any identifying information (such as name, student ID, or location), except in those cases where we believe you are at risk of harming yourself or another. Please be aware that internet communication is never guaranteed to be private. If at any time you do not feel safe giving information via Crisis Chat, please call our crisis line at (517) 372-6666.
If you cannot reach an advocate, or if you would prefer to talk to someone by phone, please contact our 24/7 crisis line at (517) 372-6666. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911. To schedule an appointment at SAP please call (517) 355-3551. You can also visit our office at this address:
Sexual Assault Program
Student Services Building, Room 207A
556 East Circle Dr.
East Lansing, MI 48824
If you are not part of Michigan State University or located in the greater Lansing area, please feel free to call the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network’s national hotline at (800) 656-4673. Their online chat is available here. They can help find services near you.