Resource Guide for Survivors

There are many options for a survivor of sexual assault to consider. This Resource Guide can help a survivor or friend of a survivor navigate those options.

This guide has been prepared by the Offices of Health and Wellness, Counseling Services, and Community Standards. As you read through this guide, please note that some on-campus and off-campus resources are listed as CONFIDENTIAL, while others are described as PRIVATE.

Private means that information related to a report of sexual assault will be shared with a limited circle of College employees who “need to know” in order to assist in the assessment, investigation, and resolution of the report. All employees who are involved in the College’s response to reports of violations of this policy receive specific training and guidance about sharing and safeguarding private information in accordance with state and federal law.

Confidentiality exists in the context of laws that protect certain relationships, including with medical and clinical care providers, mental health providers, counselors, and ordained clergy, all of whom may engage in confidential communications under Massachusetts law. The College has designated individuals who have the ability to have privileged communications as “Confidential Employees” and those resources are indicated below. 

Safety and Medical Resources

Immediately following a sexual assault incident it is highly recommended that the survivors get to safety, alert authorities, and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

ON CAMPUS RESOURCES

Campus Police: Located in the Campus Police Building, 508-565-5555 PRIVATE

Health Services: Located in the Chapel of MaryDaytime appointments available508-565-1307 CONFIDENTIAL

(*Please Note: Front desk staff are PRIVATE not confidential. Therefore, when making your appointment in regards to a sexual assault, simply indicate the matter is of a personal or confidential nature, and no further information will be required.)

OFF CAMPUS RESOURCES

  • Easton Police Department: 46 Lathrop Street: 508-230-3322 or 911 from a cell phone PRIVATE
  • Brockton Hospital Emergency Department: 680 Centre Street: 508-941-7400 – S.A.N.E. Nurse (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) available CONFIDENTIAL
  • Morton Hospital Emergency Department: 88 Washington Street, Taunton: 508-828-7000 – S.A.N.E. Nurse (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) available CONFIDENTIAL

After-hours care should be directed to Brockton Hospital

Options for Reporting

  1. Report to the College
  2. Report to Easton Police Department
  3. Report to both the College and the Easton Police Department
  4. Make an Anonymous Report: Students who wish to anonymously inform the College of gender-based misconduct may file an incident report online through the College’s Sexual Assault and Title IX Resources web page. The information provided to the College in this manner will only be used for Clery Act data collection and will be kept confidential. While the College will investigate anonymous reports in accordance with federal law, anonymous reports may significantly limit the College’s ability to conduct an effective investigation.
  5. Take No Action: Students have the right not to file a report, yet they are highly encouraged to seek medical attention and counseling. Students who wish to report at a later date may do so by utilizing any of the options above. However, please note that a delay in reporting could inhibit the College from stopping harassment/discrimination, remedying its effects, and preventing recurrence as well as potentially weakening evidence that could be useful in determining whether prohibited conduct occurred.

ON CAMPUS REPORTING OPTIONS

  • Campus Police: Campus Police Building: 508-565-5555 PRIVATE
  • Lily Krentzman– Director of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator/Deputy, 508-565-1106, lkrentzman@stonehill.edu PRIVATE
  • Michael LaBella, Director of Community Standards/Title IX Deputy, 508-565-1323, PRIVATE
  • Cindy MacDonald – Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Title IX Deputy, 508-565-1384, cmacdonald@stonehill.edu PRIVATE
  • Residence Life: Residence Director (RD) or Resident Assistant (RA), Duffy 145, 508-565-1290 PRIVATE
  • Student Affairs Office: VP of Student Affairs and/or Dean of Students, Duffy 146, 508-565-1363 PRIVATE
  • Health and Wellness Office: Roche Dining Commons 101, 508-565-1544 PRIVATE

Online Sexual Assault Incident Report Form*

*Please indicate "unknown" where applicable on this form if you wish to remain anonymous.

OFF CAMPUS REPORTING OPTIONS

  • Easton Police Department: 46 Lathrop Street, 508-230-3322 or 911 from a cell phone PRIVATE

If you would like assistance in contacting the Easton Police, the Stonehill Campus Police can assist.

  • Local Police or District Attorney if event occurs in a town or city other Easton PRIVATE

Who will find out when an incident of sexual assault is reported?

When a report is made, the Title IX Coordinator or her designee will assess the complaint to determine whether or not the complaint falls under the jurisdiction of the Opposition to Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct and Interpersonal Violence policy. If so, it will be assigned for investigation. A Title IX Investigator or Investigators (depending on the complaint and/or as determined by the Title IX Coordinator) will investigate the allegation and submit a report containing factual findings, a determination of responsibility based on the preponderance of evidence standard, and a recommendation regarding any disciplinary action that may be appropriate. Students may also request that Campus Police attend interviews with the complainant, the accused, and witnesses in the event that the complainant chooses to initiate a criminal investigation. A criminal investigation would occur concurrently with the Title IX investigation, but it is separate and distinct from the Title IX investigation. Stonehill College will not wait for the outcome of any criminal investigation to undertake an administrative Title IX investigation, but can delay the administrative investigation for between 3-10 days to allow law enforcement to conduct initial fact finding. The results of a criminal investigation may be passed on to the local District Attorney for purposes of pursuing criminal prosecution. Please refer to the reporting flow chart for more information.

Resources for Counseling and Emotional Support

Survivors have also found it helpful to talk with someone about what happened to help as part of the healing process. Counseling can be helpful in working on processing and coping with feelings and reactions to the assault, potential trauma, and the healing process.

ON CAMPUS RESOURCES

  • Stonehill College Counseling Services is located in the Chapel of Mary and can be accessed by calling 508-565-1331. You will be offered the next available routine appointment, however, if you would like to be seen sooner, stress that you would like to access an “urgent” appointment. (*Please Note: Front desk staff are PRIVATE not confidential. Therefore, when making your appointment in regards to a sexual assault, simply indicate the matter is of a personal or confidential nature, and no further information will be required.) CONFIDENTIAL

OFF CAMPUS RESOURCES

  • A New Day: Counseling, Support Groups, and a 24 hour hotline, 950 West Chestnut Street: 508-588-8255 CONFIDENTIAL
    An A New Day counselor will go to the hospital with you for support. 

  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network): Information, Resources, and a 24 hour hotline 800-656-HOPE – rainn.org CONFIDENTIAL

  • Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program: Counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services for LGBT community, 617.927.6250 CONFIDENTIAL

LEGAL RESOURCES

OFF CAMPUS RESOURCES

  • Victim Rights Law Center: 115 Broad St, Boston, 617-399-6720 x19 CONFIDENTIAL
  • A New Day: 950 West Chestnut Street, 508-588-8255 CONFIDENTIAL

Financial Related Resources

ON CAMPUS

  • Student Financial Assistance: Duffy 103, 508-565-1088. PRIVATE

OFF CAMPUS

  • Victim Rights Law Center: 115 Broad St, Boston, 617-399-6720 x19 CONFIDENTIAL

Immigration/Visa Related Resources

ON CAMPUS

  • Office of Intercultural Affairs: Duffy 149, 508-565-1409 PRIVATE

OFF CAMPUS

  • Victim Rights Law Center: 115 Broad St, Boston, 617-399-6720 x19 CONFIDENTIAL
  • Catholic Charities: 169 Court St, Brockton, 508-587-0815 CONFIDENTIAL

S.H.A.R.E. Advisors

Private

S.H.A.R.E. Advisors are a group of trained staff and faculty members who provide support and resource information to
gender-based misconduct complainants and respondents. Students can access S.H.A.R.E. Advisors by calling Counseling Services during business hours (8:30am – 4:30pm) at 508-565-1331 and Campus Police after 4:30pm at 508-565-1000 or 911 from a campus phone. It is important to note that S.H.A.R.E. Advisors, as they are private, not “confidential” resources, must report gender-based misconduct to the College if the individual has not already done so.

S.H.A.R.E. Advisors are trained and available to assist complainants and/or respondents in a variety of ways, including:

  • Assistance with emergency rape crisis treatment and emergency medical services, including accompanying the individual to the hospital, working with police, etc.
  • Assistance, guidance, and support throughout the College investigative process and/or the criminal justice process
  • Assistance in coordinating academic concerns, such as missed classes, assignments, or change of class section
  • Assistance in contacting community resources, such as rape crisis centers or support groups
  • General support and assistance as needed

Additional Support Options

  • Certified Stonehill Athletic Trainers: Sports Complex, 508.565.1514 CONFIDENTIAL
  • Health and Wellness Center: Roche Dining Commons 101, 508-565-1544 General support, coaching, and health resources PRIVATE 
  • Office of Academic Services & Advising: Duffy 104, 508-565-1306, Academic related support PRIVATE
  • Office of Accessibility Resources: Duffy 104, 508-565-1306, Academic or housing accommodations PRIVATE
  • Campus Ministry*: Chapel of Mary, 508-565-1487, Spiritual Support

 *Conversations with Campus Ministers are considered PRIVATE and
conversations held with an ordained member of the clergy are considered CONFIDENTIAL.

How to Support a Friend or Loved One

  • Listen. Be there. Don’t judge or ask why questions.
  • Be patient. Offer support and options such as seeking medical attention, counseling, and/or reporting the incident.
  • Seek help and guidance from any of the above services.
  • Ask for help yourself.

Questions?

For questions, please contact the Health and Wellness Office, located in the Roche Dining Commons Room 101, by phone 508-565-1677, or by email: wellness@stonehill.edu.