What to Do If You Experience a Sexual Assault

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

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.

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.

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.

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Gender Based Misconduct Response Protocol

The following flow chart is an example of the procedures used when reporting a sexual assault as well as when a person is accused of a sexual assault. The College uses an investigator model to investigate all reports of gender based conduct. Our goal is to enforce college policies, which protect the rights of all of our community members while caring for the survivor and his or her wishes.

Filing a Gender-Based Misconduct Report

A person who believes he/she was the victim of another’s gender-based misconduct (Policy S1.14) is encouraged to report the incident. Several options for reporting are available: 

File a Report with the College: Students can report gender-based misconduct to a College official, such as officials within Student Affairs or Campus Police, Resident Assistants, Residence Directors, or a Title IX Coordinator/Deputy. The College recognizes the following individuals as the Title IX Coordinator/Deputies:

Lily Krentzman
Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
Merkert Tracy 145

Michael Labella
Director of Community Standards
Duffy 142

Cynthia Macdonald
Senior Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Sports Complex 219M

For more information about the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy, please contact

Duffy Academic Center – 142

The Office of Community Standards seeks to provide students with a living and learning environment that reflects the values of the Stonehill community and supports the College's commitment to developing the moral, spiritual, intellectual and social competencies of our students.