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There are many resources available for assistance and support in and around the host communities that house our four campuses. In cases of emergency, please consult Emergency Resources

Sexual Misconduct Resources

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) has special training in medical examinations as well as the legal, forensic and psychological needs of a complainant/victim/survivor of sexual misconduct. One of the roles of the SANE procedures is to assist in the gathering of legal, physical and forensic evidence, which can provide valuable support should you choose to file criminal charges.

Centers Offering SANE Services

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Hospital (Medford/Boston)

UMASS Memorial Medical Center (Grafton Campus)

Milford Regional Medical Center (Grafton Campus)

Additional SANE locations in Massachusetts can be found by contacting:
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

Reporting Timeline

If you are considering options in the future to pursue criminal action, immediately reporting the incident is crucial for preserving physical evidence on a person as well as at the scene. While a delay in reporting could impact a criminal investigation (effectively limiting the amount of physical and other evidence available), you can always report the incident days, weeks, months or even years after the sexual misconduct occurred.

Having evidence collected does not commit an individual to reporting or prosecuting the assault; the evidence can be sent to the crime lab anonymously and held for a period of months. Evidence can usually be collected up to five (5) days after an assault, though the likelihood of capturing evidence decreases with time. Note that showering, urinating and brushing teeth may destroy evidence.

Self-Collecting Evidence

When preserving evidence, be mindful of the following:

  • Clothing and bedding may contain evidence and can be taken to the ER in a paper bag (not plastic).
  • Drugs used in a sexual assault often leave the body very quickly. Individuals suspecting they may have been drugged should attempt to collect urine to take to the ER if urination is necessary before arriving in the ER.
  • It is also important to consider preserving other forms of evidence, including but not limited to:
    • Text messages
    • Emails
    • Social media postings
    • Photographs and/or video.

General Support Resources

All Location

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network

Project Unspoken
Project Unspoken strives to raise awareness by educating the public with facts related to rape, sexual assault, and relationship violence, encouraging society to challenge these problems.

Near the Medford & Boston Campuses

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)
Hotline: 800-841-8371
Business: 617-492-8306

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Emergency: 617-754-2323, 617-754-2400
Main: 617-667-7000

Center for Violence Prevention & Recovery
Located at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical

Victims of Violence Program - Cambridge Health Alliance

Fenway Community Health Violence Recovery Program

Respond, Inc.

Casa Myrna Vasquez
Safelink Hotline: 877-785-2020

The Network for Battered Lesbians/LA Red

Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project

Near the Grafton Campus

UMASS Memorial Medical Center

Milford Regional Medical Center

Daybreak Domestic Abuse
24-hour Hotline: 508-755-9030

Pathways for Change (Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts)
24-hour Hotline: 800-870-5905

Legal Assistance

If you are considering pursuing criminal action, the following resources are available:

Adult Sexual Assault District Attorney's Office

Middlesex County: 781-897-8300
Suffolk County: 617-343-4400
Worcester County: 508-797-4334


If you or someone you know feel you have been a victim of harassment, bias or discrimination at Tufts, these external resources can be used in conjunction with or in lieu of university reporting options: