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Getting Help

By Massachusetts General Law, the police and court records that contain the name of the victim in a case of rape or assault with intent to rape must be withheld from public inspection. Except as permitted by a judge, it is unlawful to publish or disclose victim's names.

For Survivors of a Sexual Assault

If you are sexually assaulted or raped, take the following steps to ensure your safety:

  1. Get to a safe place
    Go somewhere where there are people: a friend's room, your house, a busy street. Be sure you are in a safe place before calling for help.
  2. Tell someone
    It's good to contact someone you trust who can help you sort out what resources are available and what you want to do. See Additional Resources for a list of confidential contacts.
  3. Get medical attention
    Get medical attention to detect injuries and test for sexually transmitted diseases. A health care provider can also collect evidence if you decide to take legal or disciplinary action.
  4. Seek support
    See Additional Resources for confidential contacts on campus and in the local community.

You may then choose to report the incident and/or consider legal action. If you anticipate filing charges, see Preserving Evidence.

For Friends of a Sexual Assault Survivors

You can support a friend by providing what comfort you can and seeing that the necessary medical aid is available and provided and that proper steps are taken to reporting the incident to Campus Police, other college officials, or local authorities. You should accompany your friend until all necessary procedures have been completed. Most of all: