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If You Have Experienced a Rape or Sexual Assault

What to do immediately after an assault (within the last five days):

  • Get to a safe place and find help.
  • Call University Police (781.891.3131) if you are unsafe or injured.
  • You do not have to do this alone. Contact someone — a friend, family member, or a campus professional.
  • Seek medical assistance as soon as possible for treatment of injuries and information on prevention of potential pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases. 
  • It is recommended that you do not change your clothes, bathe, shower or douche before seeking medical care if you wish to have evidence collected.
  • You have the option to report this incident to University Police or the local authorities. Consider recording in writing as much as you can remember.
  • Know that whatever feelings or reactions you are having are normal. See our recovery page for information on common issues faced by survivors and how recovery is possible.
  • For additional support, counseling resources are available. Survivors experience a wide range of normal feelings and concerns following a rape or assault. Talking about them, especially with a professional, can help.

What to do if you were assaulted in the past (prior to five days ago):

  • Seek medical assistance as soon as possible for treatment of injuries and information on potential pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases.
  • You do not have to do this alone. Contact someone — a friend, family member, or a campus professional.
  • Know that whatever feelings or reactions you are having are normal. See our recovery page for information on common issues faced by survivors and how recovery is possible.
  • For additional support, counseling resources are availableNo matter how much time has passed, you may still have feelings or concerns about your experience. Talking about them, especially with a professional, can help.
  • You still have the option to report this incident.