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Immediate Help for Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Stalking

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.

University Police can assist students with transportation to Newton Wellesley Hospital for medical care and/or evidence collection from specially certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. Simply tell dispatch you need a ride to Newton Wellesley Hospital for a personal health concern. Seeking transportation assistance does not mean you have to file a police report or criminal complaint. You always have the option to do so at a later time if that is something you choose.

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Treatment for Physical Injuries

It is important to seek medical care as soon as possible for the treatment of any physical injuries. There are several options to choose from.

You can make an appointment at the Bentley Health Center

Call 781-891-2222 to schedule an appointment. You can tell the front desk it is a private matter. Health Center Staff are confidential employees. They can examine you, treat you for injuries and offer emergency contraception if needed.

You can visit a local hospital emergency room or urgent care clinic

If you would like, Medical Advocates from Boston Area Rape Crisis center can meet you at a local hospital. See below for further details on Medical Advocates.

Newton Wellesley Hospital located at 2014 Washington Street Newton is a short drive from campus. University Police can assist with transport. Just tell them it is a private health matter.  SANE Nurses (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) are available on staff at Newton Wellesley. See below for further details on SANE nurses

You can make an appointment with your primary care provider. 

Information about Medical Advocates

Survivors have many needs following an assault and it can be overwhelming to navigate--especially if you are seeking medical care or opting for evidence collection. The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center has a team of highly trained medical advocates who can meet you at a local hospital emergency room to provide support to you. Here is what they can do:

  • Stay and support you during an emergency room visit or evidence collection visit
  • Advocate for your needs with medical staff
  • Explain the evidence collection process and sexual assault exams
  • Provide you with information and resources for post visit care and support

You can request a medical advocate when you arrive at the emergency room or call the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center hotline 1-800-841-8371 or initiate a webchat 

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE Nurse) is a medical professional who is specially trained to examine survivors of interpersonal violence and collect evidence in a compassionate and trauma-informed way. SANE Nurses provide exams at no-cost to patients in designated hospitals throughout the Boston area.

Newton Wellesley Hospital is the closest hospital with a SANE program. University Police can coordinate transportation to there. Just tell them you have a medical emergency that is private. 

In addition, Here is a list of SANE programs in the Greater Boston Area

Access to Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception reduces the change of pregnancy.  It is an over the counter medication and is most effective when taken within 3-5 days of unprotected sex, or sexual assault. Emergency contraception prevents an egg from leaving the ovaries. It does not abort an existing fetus.  

Emergency contraception is available at the Bentley Health Center during business hours. Call 781-891-2222 to schedule an appointment.

When the Health Center is closed, you can obtain Emergency Contraception at:

  • Local Pharmacies like CVS, Osco, Walgreens etc
  • Health Clinics like Planned Parenthood of Greater Boston 
  • Local Hospitals

Emergency Resources and Off-Campus Health Care Options

STI and HIV Testing

Bentley's Health Center offers HIV and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) testing for students. Testing should happen as soon as possible following an experience of sexual violence.  Call 781-891-2222 to schedule an appointment.

A local hospital can also provide STI testing and prophylaxis for HIV.

Additional STI/HIV testing sites in the Boston area are listed on the Emergencies and Off-Campus Care Resources Page

Toxicology Testing

If you suspect that someone drugged you, you can request a toxicology screening at a local hospital. It is best to do so within 4 days of an assault. 

Toxicology screening is included during a sexual assault exam and evidence collection kit procedure should you seek that option at a local hospital.

Toxicology results can take time to process. The hospital or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner will provide you with information about accessing your results.

Sexual Assault and Evidence Collection Exam

If you go to a participating SANE Hospital (see above) you can ask to have a Sexual Assault Exam and Kit. 

  • Each kit has a unique number that will be coded to you. 
  • There are 16 steps to collect evidence.
  • Kits are brought to a state crime lab where they are only processed if you choose to report to the police

During an exam:

  • The trained Nurse Examiner will explain each step and ask you if you want to continue. You have control.
  • A physical exam will be conducted and treatment provided for injuries.
  • The exam may take a while to complete. A medical advocate (explained above) can be called to support you
  • You may be asked to give a verbal account of what happened so that the nurse examine knows where to look for evidence
  • Samples may be collected from a survivors mouth, vaginal or anal areas and other parts of the body
  • A toxicology kit may be offered
Safety Planning

Confidential Staff and Title IX staff are available to talk to you about supportive measures, accommodations and safety planning needs. We have policies and procedures in place that protect survivors from retaliation.

If you are in immediate danger, please contact 911 or University Police 781.891.3131

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.

Reporting Options

Confidential Staff and Resources