Sexual assault and other related behaviors affect not only individuals, but the Bentley community as a whole. Sexual assault is a form of sex discrimination that is a violation of Bentley University Policy as well as federal and state statutes. For this reason, it is a crime that Bentley takes very seriously.
Resource information on sexual assault was compiled by the Coalition on Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (formerly the Sexual Assault Task Force), chaired by Gerri Taylor (Center for Health and Wellness), Stephanie Kendall (Counseling Center) and Jessica Roche (University Police).
Broadly defined, sexual assault is any sexual activity or contact that is forced, coerced, or unwanted. Sexual assault occurs when individuals are sober or intoxicated, and in the vast majority of cases, the perpetrator is known to the survivor. If you have been sexually assaulted, please keep the following in mind:
- This is NOT your fault.
- You are NOT alone. There are people here to help
- If you do not currently feel safe, call University Police immediately at 781.891.3131.
Find more information if:
- You have been raped or sexually assaulted.
- You are a friend or family member.
- You are staff or faculty.
- You are looking for information about recovery after a sexual assault.
- You are looking for resources on and off campus.
In Massachusetts, state law refers to sexual assault as crimes of rape and indecent assault and battery. The severity of the crimes is the same whether the assailant is known to the victim or is a stranger.