What to Do if You Experience Sexual Misconduct

The University encourages anyone who learns about an incident of sexual misconduct to file a report immediately so the University can respond accordingly. You can file a report by going to the Reporting Sexual Misconduct Form.

What should I do if I have I have been sexually assaulted?

Experiencing a sexual assault, sexual violence or another type of Sexual Misconduct can be confusing and frightening. Individuals who experience a sexual assault are encouraged to read through these guidelines about options for what to do after experiencing a sexual assault. The steps identified below are provided as guidelines only.

Get to a safe place.
If the alleged perpetrator is still in the area and/or their presence on campus is threatening, call Suffolk University Police (SUPD) at 617.573.8111. Off campus, call 911 to contact the police department in the city or town where you are located.

Preserve physical evidence.
Because evidence of a sexual assault and the perpetrator’s identity (hair, seminal fluids, bits of skin, etc.) may be left on the victim's/survivor’s body, it is important not to bathe, shower, douche, or even use the toilet if avoidable. If the victim/survivor was assaulted orally, drinking or brushing teeth prior to an exam should be avoided. Victims/survivors should not straighten up the scene of the incident and should take a change of clothes to the hospital. If the victim/survivor must change clothes, put the items that were worn at the time of the attack in a paper bag (not plastic) and bring them to the hospital. Having physical evidence collected can strengthen a case if the victim/survivor decides to pursue legal action. Also preserve physical evidence such as photographs, videos, text messages and voicemail messages. Suffolk University Police (SUPD) can assist in preserving such evidence.

Seek timely medical attention.
Victims/survivors are encouraged to go for a sexual assault exam as soon as possible because injuries should be treated promptly and evidence deteriorates quickly.

If a victim/survivor is on campus, Suffolk University Police (SUPD), 617.573.8111, can arrange free taxi transportation to Massachusetts General Hospital. Victims/survivors do not have to inform Suffolk University Police they are the victim/survivor of a sexual assault. If off campus, call 911 or local law enforcement for assistance with emergency transportation (ambulance) to a hospital. Many hospitals, including Massachusetts General Hospital, employ trained sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) who will help victims/survivors once they arrive to the hospital. These nurses will support victims/survivors throughout their experience at the hospital and are trained to collect forensic evidence, check for injuries, and provide preventative treatment for pregnancy and exposure to sexually transmitted infections. A victim/survivor may bring a friend or family to the hospital for support.

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) can provide a free medical advocate to meet victims/survivors and their friends or families in hospital emergency departments. In the immediate aftermath of a sexual assault or rape, victims/survivors face a host of emotional, medical, and legal decisions. BARCC medical advocates are certified rape crisis counselors who provide information and support to the victim/survivor and/or friends or family at the hospital. Advocates provide support throughout the entire forensic exam if the victim/survivor wishes. They can also be helpful with safety planning, arranging transportation, paperwork, and with follow-up plans. Research has shown that victims/survivors who have a rape crisis advocate present at the hospital are more likely to feel positive about the experience of going to the hospital. This is an important start to the healing process. BARCC can be reached at its 24-hour hotline at 800.841.8371.

There are a number of hospitals in the Boston area with sexual assault nurse examiners:

Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114-2622, 617.726.2000
www.massgeneral.org

Boston Medical Center, One Boston Medical Center Place, Boston, MA 02118, 617.638.6800
www.bmc.org or www.bmc.org/patients

Beth Israel Deaconess Center, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, 617.667.7000
www.bidmc.org or www.bidmc.org/ContactUs.aspx

 

Students Only: Suffolk University’s Counseling Health and Wellness Center, located on the 5th floor of 73 Tremont Street, 617.573.8260, www.suffolk.edu/chw, provides services to students and can provide referrals for physical exams, pregnancy tests, and screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections during business hours. Please note: The Counseling, Health and Wellness Center does not have a sexual assault nurse examiner.

Employees Only: E4Health (formerly Lifescope) provides you and your family members with free, confidential, 24/7 access to licensed, master’s level clinicians to assist in finding solutions to help balance personal and work challenges. The goal is to help you simplify your life. Employees and their family members can access services via phone at 800-828-6025or on the web at www.helloe4.com (username: Suffolk University; password: guest).

What Can I Do?

Suffolk University provides several options for students, staff, and faculty who believe that they have been subjected to Sexual Misconduct. These include:

Seek information.
There are a number of offices on campus that are available to provide you with information about resources available at the University and elsewhere that provide support.

Students:

Counseling, Health and Wellness Center, 5th floor, 73 Tremont Street, www.suffolk.edu/chw
Counseling: 617.573.8226
Health and Wellness: 617.573.8260

Student Affairs /Dean of Students (CAS and SBS students), 12th floor, 73 Tremont Street, www.suffolk.edu/campuslife/25937.php
617.573.8239

Dean of Students Office (Law students), 4th floor, 120 Tremont Street, www.suffolk.edu/law/student-life/6644.php#.U8p52_ldWSo
617.573.8157

Residence Life and Housing, 7th floor, 73 Tremont Street, www.suffolk.edu/campuslife/1776.php
617.305.2500

Suffolk University Police Department, Floor A, 8 Ashburton Place, http://www.suffolk.edu/campuslife/1311.php

Non-emergency lines: 617.573.8113 or 617.573.8333

Employees: Human Resources, 5th floor, 73 Tremont Street, www.suffolk.edu/explore/24356.php
617.573.8415

Suffolk University Police Department, Floor A, 8 Ashburton Place, http://www.suffolk.edu/campuslife/1311.php
Non-emergency lines: 617.573.8113 or 617.573.8333

Seek confidential advice.
The University will treat information it receives with appropriate sensitivity. However, the University cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality in all situations.

Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain an individual’s confidentiality. Some are required to maintain confidentiality (see below). Most employees are considered Responsible Employees and are required to report the Sexual Misconduct, including the identities of the Complainant and the Respondent, to the Director of Title IX Compliance.

This reporting is necessary for several reasons, including the need to ensure that persons subject to the sexual assault and/or misconduct receive appropriate information and services, to track incidents and, where appropriate, to take actions to protect the Suffolk community.

ON-CAMPUS CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING OPTIONS - STUDENT-ONLY RESOURCES
If you are a student and you want to speak confidentially, you may speak with the professional counselors, in the University Counseling, Health and Wellness Center and the University Chaplain University Interfaith Center. Contact information for these resources as well as Non-Confidential Reporting options are listed below.

Counseling, Health and Wellness Center
73 Tremont Street, 5th floor
617-573-8226
www.suffolk.edu/offices/chw

Interfaith Center
The Reverend Amy Fisher, University Chaplain
Sawyer, 823
617-573-8325
www.suffolk.edu/interfaith

CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING OPTIONS - EMPLOYEE-ONLY RESOURCES

Employees Only: E4Health (formerly Lifescope) provides Suffolk employees and their family members with free, confidential, 24/7 access to licensed, master’s level clinicians to assist in finding solutions to help balance personal and work challenges. Employees and their family members can access services via phone at 800-828-6025 or on the web at www.helloe4.com (username: Suffolk University; password: guest). All contacts and conversations with E4Health counselors are confidential except when there may be potential of harm to self or others or in situations of suspected child, elder or vulnerable person abuse or neglect.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)
800-841-8371 (24-hour hotline), www.barcc.org
BARCC offers free, confidential services to sexual assault victims/survivors, their friends and families. It also operates a 24-hour confidential hotline that provides victims/survivors of sexual assault with telephone counseling and personal support. The Center also maintains a referral network of victim/survivor support groups (call 617-492-RAPE or 617-492-7273).

Casa Myrna Vasquez
617- 521-0100, info@casamyrna.org
Casa Myrna offers a comprehensive range of services, available in both Spanish and English, for victims/survivors of domestic and dating violence, to assist with the tools to recover from the trauma of abuse and begin to build sustainable self-sufficiency.

Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Queer (GLBTQ) Domestic Violence Project
617-354-6056, http://www.glbtqdvp.org/
The GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project provides free and confidential support and services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence. It works with victims/survivors to increase safety, security, and foster empowerment through direct services, education, and advocacy.

Jane Doe Inc. (Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence)
617-248-0922/ TTY/TTD: 617-263-2200/ janedoe.org, info@janedoe.org/find_help/find_help
Jane Doe Inc. is an interactive service locator tool to find sexual assault and domestic violence resources in your area and a map of service providers across Massachusetts.

Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC)
617-399-6720, www.victimrights.org
VRLC is dedicated to serving the legal needs of sexual assault victims. The VRLC provides free legal services, legal training and technical assistance.

Disclaimer: We have included links to other websites and we encourage students and employees to evaluate the materials and to use what they find to be helpful. Please keep in mind that Suffolk University cannot assume responsibility for information on other web sites. For personal assistance, Suffolk University students should contact Counseling, Health and Wellness at 617.573.8226 to schedule an appointment with one of our professional counselors. Assistance is available after normal business hours, on the weekends and holidays by calling Counseling, Health and Wellness at 617.573.8226 and following the prompts to be connected with a mental health professional.