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Immediate Help for Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Stalking

If you’ve experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, and/or stalking it’s not your fault. You always deserve to be safe and respected. No matter which resources or actions you choose, there are many people who are committed to help.

The first few days after a sexual assault can be a very confusing time. If you have questions about safety planning, medical care, or emotional support, there are staff members and off-campus partners available to discuss resources and options with you. The table below includes information about evidence collection, STI testing, and other time-sensitive options to consider.

If you are looking for… Time Frame Where to Access Resources
Treatment for physical injuries As soon as possible

*Please note that a trained medical advocate from BARCC is available 24/7 to meet survivors at local hospitals.

Emergency Contraception

As soon as possible; within 3-5 days (72-120 hours). Please note that the time frame depends on the type of emergency contraceptive.

STI and HIV Testing

As soon as possible. For HIV prophylaxis, start within 3 days (72 hours).

*Please note that a trained medical advocate from BARCC is available 24/7 to meet survivors at local hospitals.

Toxicology Testing

(If you suspect someone drugged you)

As soon as possible; within 4 days (96 hours)


  • Hospital

*Please note that a trained medical advocate from BARCC is available 24/7 to meet survivors at local hospitals.

Evidence Collection

As soon as possible; within 5 days (120 hours)

  • Hospital

*Please note that a trained medical advocate from BARCC is available 24/7 to meet survivors at local hospitals.


Bentley University Police Department
Hours: 24/7
Location: Callahan Building, 1st Floor
Emergency: (781) 891-3131
Non-Emergency: (781) 891-2201

Waltham Police Department
Hours: 24/7
Location: 155 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA 02454
Emergency Number: 9-1-1
Non-emergency Number: (781) 893-3700

Medical Care

Health Center
Location: Rhodes Hall
Phone: (781) 891-2222
Fax: (781) 891-3443

Newton-Wellesley Hospital Location
2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462
Phone: (617) 243-6000

Newton-Wellesley Hospital provides free and confidential domestic and sexual violence services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Domestic violence and sexual trauma affects people of every race, culture, faith, age, gender identity and sexual orientation. Newton-Wellesley provides 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 without re-traumatizing the survivor during examination and evidence collection process.

Fenway Community Health Center
Location: Several Locations
Phone: (617) 267-0900
Please note: Fenway Community Health Center does not offer emergency services.

The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the well-being 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.

Emotional Support

The Counseling Center
Location: Callahan Building, Second Floor
Phone: (781) 891-2274

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)
Locations: Boston, Cambridge, and Waltham
24/7 Hotline: 1-800-841-8371
Business: (617) 492-8306

BARCC was founded in 1973 to create a hotline to answer calls from rape survivors. Today, it is a national leader in providing a 24-hour hotline, 24-hour medical advocacy, individual and group counseling, and legal advocacy. BARCC also provides community awareness and prevention services.

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.

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence (REACH)
Location: Waltham
24/7 Hotline: 1-800-899-4000

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence is a comprehensive domestic violence service agency serving 7,000 people a year through a combination of intervention and prevention services. Our shelter, 24-hour hotline, and community-based support services provide domestic violence survivors with the help they need to achieve permanent safety and independence. Our Prevention programs engage the community, generate conversations, and create locally-based solutions to end domestic violence. All of REACH’s services are free and confidential.