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First and foremost, know that this is not your fault. No one ever deserves to be sexually assaulted. It is your right to seek help and support at any time following an assault -from hospitals, law enforcement and your local advocacy agency. The days immediately following an assault can be a difficult, confusing time as you try to figure out your options. There are many resources available to you if you have experienced any form of sexual misconduct. You may choose to use all or some of these options. Choose the ones that feel right to you in the moment. 

Where do I start? 

Tell someone. That might start with disclosing to yourself. Also consider sharing with someone you trust - whether that's a friend, roommate, coach or family member. Tell them what you might need. 

Seek medical care. Even if you do not want to report the assault to the police, you are can still have preventative treatments for STIs and pregnancy, as well as evidence collection options. 

Get support. You can contact confidential resources on campus including the Sexual Misconduct Resource Specialist, Nandi Bynoe. She can help you navigate the available resources and make informed decisions about your next steps. 

Immediate Resources

Immediate Help

In an immediate emergency, call 911 or call TUPD at 617-627-6911. Please note: If there was underage drinking involved in a sexually violent situation or threat, NO punitive action will be taken. You will NOT be penalized. Your safety is what matters.

  • Counselor on call and Chaplain on call
    • You can access through the TUPD non-Emergency 617-627-3030.
      • The Tufts University Police Department provides vehicle and walking escorts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, between campus locations, to nearby transit stations, as well as to neighborhoods surrounding the campus. Students should contact the University Police by using the non-emergency number listed.
  • For medical care and evidence collection Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for evidence collection by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
    • You can also have a medical advocate from BARCC to support you during the collection. 
    • Try not to bathe, shower, brush your teeth, or go to the bathroom. This is important for preserving evidence. If you already have, it is still possible to collect evidence.
    • If possible, do not change your clothes. If you already have, put your clothes in a clean paper bag, and bring them with you to the emergency room.
    • You can request a toxicology report if you believe drugs were used to facilitate the assault. 
Up to 5 days later
  • Medical care : Tufts Health Services
  • Evidence collection (with a trained SANE nurse): Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • Do not shower or wash clothing prior.
    • You can also request a toxicology report if you believe drugs were used to facilitate the assault.
  • TUPD and Tufts Health Services can assist you with taxi voucher for your trip there and back
  • Counseling Services
    • BARCC 24 hour hotline 1-800-841-8371
    • Pathways for Change 24 hour hotline 1-800-870-5905 (Grafton resource)
  • Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS)
    • For after hours access to the counselor on call please call TUPD at 617-627-3030
  • Tufts Chaplaincy
    • For after hours access to the chaplain on call please call TUPD at 617-627-3030
  • Student Advisory & Health Administration
    • Boston 617‐636‐2700
    • Grafton  508‐839‐5302
  • Sexual Misconduct Resource Specialist (SMRS) for information about campus resources
Any time
  • Counseling services:
    • Medford : Tufts Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS) 617-627-3360
    • Boston : Student Advisory & Health Administration 617‐636‐2700
    • Grafton : Student Advisory & Health Administration 508‐839‐5302
  • 24 hr hotlines
    • BARCC 24 hour hotline 1-800-841-8371
    • Pathways for Change 24 hour hotline 1-800-870-5905
  • Sexual Misconduct Resource Specialist (SMRS)
    • Call the office 617-627-0765
    • Schedule an appointment