If You Are Sexually Assaulted

Steps to Take When You Are Sexually Assaulted

Get to a safe place.

Get medical treatment as soon as possible.

At the area hospitals you will receive a gynecological exam, if necessary, to check for internal injuries. Lab tests will also be performed for the purpose of collecting evidence in the event that you decide to take legal action against your assailant.

Preserve all physical evidence.

Physical evidence is often critical to an investigation. For this reason, you should not urinate, wash, douche or shower prior to an examination. You should not eat, drink, smoke or brush your teeth. If you change clothes, put all the clothing you were wearing at the time of the attack in a paper bag, not plastic. If the attack happened in your room or apartment, do not clean or straighten up until all the evidence has been collected.

Contact the Assumption College Campus Police.

Dial 508-767-5555 from any on campus phone or 508-767-7225 from off campus. You may also use any of the emergency phones located throughout the campus to be automatically connected with a Campus Police Dispatcher (24 hours a day). Incidents may also be reported to the Dean of Students 506-767-7325, the Director of Residential Life at 508-767-7505 or any individual working for these departments such as your Resident Director or Resident Assistant. Employees may also contact the Director of Human Resources at 508-767-7318.

College policy dictates that college officials who are informed of a sexual assault urge the victim to file a report to Campus Police, regardless of where the offense took place. A Campus Police Officer specially trained in dealing with victims of sexual assault, works closely with the victim to ensure that the appropriate medical care and counseling is made available and will assist the victim in notifying the appropriate off-campus law enforcement authorities, if necessary. Assumption College will assist you in whatever way possible to make you feel comfortable and safe. Such assistance may include housing relocations, change in course schedules, escort services, etc.

Reporting a sexual assault to the campus or municipal police may not commit you to further legal action. However, the earlier you report an assault the more helpful it will be to police investigating the crime and to prosecute the case successfully. It also helps preserve your options for the future.

Talk with a professional counselor.

Counseling and other victim support services in dealing with the trauma are available to all Assumption College students and employees thru: the Student Development and Counseling Center 508-767-7409 7409; Student Health Services 508-767-7329; and/or Campus Ministry 508-767-7309. Incidents reported to designated on-campus counselors may be kept confidential, except as required by law.