What to Do if You Experience a Sexual Assault

Get to a safe place.

Get to a safe place and contact on or off campus resource.

Contact a S.H.A.R.E. Advisor.

S.H.A.R.E Advisors are a group of specially trained staff members who are available 24 hours a day to provide support and help you understand your options regarding medical attention, legal implications and college disciplinary action. Contact a S.H.A.R.E. Advisor directly during regular office hours or through the Switchboard, 508-565-1000, after hours. Please be reminded that S.H.A.R.E. Advisors are a private not confidential resource.

Get Medical Attention.

Brockton Hospital is experienced and prepared to help sexual assault survivors. It is extremely important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible - preferably within 72 hours - because you could be injured internally as well as externally by the attack. A prompt medical examination will test for pregnancy, STD's, HIV, and venereal disease. A medical examination can secure valuable evidence that can be used later should you wish to have the assailant prosecuted. Do not drink, bathe, douche, brush your teeth, change clothing or comb your hair. It's only natural to want to do these things, but you may be destroying evidence you will need if you decide to prosecute at a later date. Put all clothing, bedding and other evidence in a paper (not plastic) bag. In the course of your medical examination this evidence will be collected by the hospital staff.

Seek Counseling.

Counseling is a very important step in helping someone who has been sexually assaulted regain control over her or his life and start the healing process. Professional counseling services in the area, both on and off campus can be of assistance. During business hours (8:30am-4:30pm) you can reach a counselor by calling Counseling Services at 508-565-1331.  When making an appointment please note that the administrative staff are NOT a confidential resource. If you would like to make a confidential disclosure, please wait until you are speaking with your clinician. When making your appointment, simply indicate the matter is of a personal or confidential nature, and no further information will be required. After hours, call the Switchboard at 508-565-1000, and press "0" to request to speak with the Counselor-on-Call.