Get to a safe place, if you can get there safely. It may be helpful to have someone you trust with you.
Get medical attention as quickly as possible...
- To treat injuries. Even if you do not feel injured, you may have experience bruising, lacerations, or internal injuries.
- To obtain medication for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections.
- To access emergency contraception (if needed), which is more effective the earlier it is taken (must be within five days).
If you want to collect medical evidence:
- Seek help at the closest medical facility with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). For students on or near campus, this includes Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Newton Wellesley Hospital. Health Service is available to help coordinate this visit.
- Do not bathe, shower, brush teeth, or go to the bathroom (to the extent possible).
- Do not change clothes. If you already have, place them in a clean paper bag.
- If the environment in which the incident occurred is under your control, do not move or touch things.
- Trained medical advocates from the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center are available 24/7 to accompany you to a medical facility.
If you are unsure what to do, visit www.surviverape.org, or call Health Service at 781-283-2810 to speak to the on-call clinician, who can offer you options and care, and can assist you in accessing resources.
Start HIV prophylaxis, if appropriate.
Get tested for some drugs if substance use is suspected.
Get a forensic evidence collection exam at a hospital.
- Seek help at the closest medical facility with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). For students on or near campus, this includes Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Newton Wellesley Hospital.
Take emergency contraception, if appropriate.
Start (non-HIV) STI prophylaxis, if appropriate.
Within 6 months
Preserve an evidence collection kit without reporting the crime to law enforcement or requesting an extension.
Request an extension on holding an unreported evidence collection kit to the Crime Lab.
- For assaults within the city of Boston, contact the Boston Crime Lab Evidence Control Unit at 617-343-4690.
- For assaults within Massachusetts, but not in Boston, contact the Massachusetts Crime Lab Evidence Control Unit at 508-358-3155.
- You can check on the status of a kit by contacting the Forensic Information Line at 866-463-3799.
At any time
Access medical or mental health services on or off campus.
Report an incident of sexual misconduct.