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Sexual Assault Victim Resources

On-Campus Resources

UNIVERSITY POLICE
781.891.3131 (open 24/7; staff from other offices can be contacted after hours, as requested.)
Callahan Police Station

RESIDENCE LIFE
781.891.2148
The Residential Center
Student Center 310

CENTER FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS
781.891.2222
Rhodes Hall Ground Floor

OFFICE OF COUNSELING AND STUDENT DEVELOPMENT
781.891.2274
Second floor of the Callahan Police Station

CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND SCHOLARS
781.891.2829
Student Center 350

OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
781.891.2161
Student Center 330

MULTICULTURAL CENTER
781.891.2132
Student Center 360

OFFICE OF GRADUATE STUDENT AND ACADEMIC SERVICES
781.891.2348
LaCava 295

SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
781.891.2907
Rauch 301

SPIRITUAL LIFE OFFICE
781.891.2194
Student Center 330

Off-Campus and Web Resources

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery
 

BARCC – Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
HOTLINE 1.800.841.8371
Business 1.617.492.9306
BARCC was founded in 1973 by a group of women dedicated to building a hotline to answer calls from rape survivors. Today, it is a national leader in providing comprehensive, free services including a 24-hour hotline, 24-hour medical advocacy, individual and group counseling, and legal advocacy. BARCC also provides community awareness and prevention services through partnerships and training with organizations and communities.

BARCC assists thousands of sexual violence survivors and their families, friends and communities each year, regardless of sex, gender identity, race, physical/developmental disabilities, income, ethnicity, class, religion, or sexual orientation. Services are provided in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and French, with other languages available upon request.

Fenway Community Health Center (several locations)
Toll-Free
1.888.242.0900
The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond, through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02462
617.243.6000
Newton-Wellesley Hospital provides free and confidential domestic and sexual violence services for both survivors of domestic and sexual violence and health care providers. Domestic violence and sexual trauma affects people of every race, culture, faith, age, gender identity and sexual orientation. Newton-Wellesley provides the services of sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) as well as Boston Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) survivor advocates. SANE nurses are specially trained to assist and support the survivors most effectively, without re-traumatizing the survivor during the examination and evidence collection process.

RAINN - Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
HOTLINE 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE (4673) and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org. The Hotline offers free, confidential services. RAINN educates the public about sexual violence; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual violence, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners)
SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) are Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners who have completed specialized training to assist sexual assault victims. They perform the pelvic exams and collect all forensic evidence (think CSI). The evidence is sealed in Massachusetts evidence collection kits (rape kits) and sent to a crime lab for evaluation. The SANE nurse records the victim's account of the assault and can testify at any legal proceedings.

Both the Boston Police Crime Lab and the State Police Crime Lab report that SANE nurses gather better evidence than non-SANE nurses. Also, having one person maintain control of all of the rape kit evidence before it gets to the lab reduces any chance of errors and makes prosecution of the perpetrator easier. The Massachusetts Department of Health reports that when a SANE nurse is utilized, a guilty verdict is returned 95%-100% of the time.