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If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted...

1. Get to a safe place. 

It may be helpful to contact a trusted friend to stay with you for support. 

 

2. Seek medical attention.

If you report the assault to Babson College Public Safety, Public Safety can provide you with transportation to an emergency room that is a part of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program.  This program has specially trained nurses who can examine you and can collect evidence. Public Safety will also contact the Dean on Call who can connect you with a SMART advisor to accompany you to the hospital.  


Confidential medical care is available regardless of whether you feel ready to report the assault to the College or to Wellesley Police. If you decide to go to the emergency room on your own, try to go to one that is part of the SANE program.

  

3. Perserve any evidence.

Place your clothing and other items (sheets, blankets) in a brown paper (not plastic) bag. Avoid drinking, bathing, showering, douching, brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, combing your hair or changing your clothes. Physical evidence will be collected if you choose to visit an Emergency Room. Write down, or have a friend write down, everything you can remember about the incident. You should attempt to do this even if you are unsure at the moment if you are planning on reporting the incident in the future.

 

4. Report the incident.

Contact Babson Public Safety at 781-239-5555 or the Wellesley Police Department. For some, reporting the crime can help regain a sense of personal power and control. Babson will take seriously every report of sexual misconduct, offering complainants appropriate support and allowing them to maintain as much control as possible over their individual situations. The College recognizes that a complainant may desire confidentiality and may request that the College not investigate or pursue resolution of a report. In such cases the College will maintain to the extent permitted by law and other safety considerations. However, the College may determine that it must investigate and pursue resolution of a report, and take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to a charge of sexual misconduct in order to protect the rights, interests and personal safety of the Babson community. 

 

For more detailed information on how to report and confidential and non-confidential resources, visit: How to Report.

  

5. Talk about the incident

Remember that being a victim of sexual assault is not your fault. You are not responsible for the actions of others and it is not your fault that someone decided to hurt you. Talking with supportive people may help you regain a feeling of control and help you feel less alone (regardless of whether you are ready to report the incident to the College or Wellesley Police.)