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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. There are many people on campus who can help, and speaking to a confidential employee will not initiate an investigation. 
  • Seek medical assistance as soon as possible for treatment of injuries and information on prevention of potential pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections. You can choose to see a medical provider at Bentley or in the community. SANE nurses (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) are on staff at several local hospitals including Newton Wellesley hospital which is very close to campus as well as Brigham and Women’s, Beth Israel, Children’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Some people choose to have evidence collected, regardless of whether they intend to report. If you choose to do so, 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. If you choose this option, we recommend a medical center with a SANE nurse.
  • You have the option to report this incident to the Title IX Coordinator (Erin Kelley), the University Police, or the local authorities. You may also choose whether you'd like to pursue an investigation through the University, through law enforcement, or both. 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 can choose to see a medical provider at Bentley or in the community. SANE nurses (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) are on staff at several local hospitals including Newton Wellesley hospital which is very close to campus as well as Brigham and Women’s, Beth Israel, Children’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • You do not have to do this alone. Contact someone — a friend, family member, or a campus professional. There are many people on campus who can help, and speaking to a confidential employee will not initiate an investigation. 
  • 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. No 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 to the Title IX Coordinator (Erin Kelley) or University Police.