What to Do If You Experience a Sexual Assault

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

Signature Healthcare 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. Counseling Services can be reached by calling 508-565-1331, option #1 for the front desk, option #2 for the 24/7 support line.  When making an appointment with the front desk staff 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. 

Confidential Resource Providers are trained staff members who are available to assist students with the following:

  • reporting options and the process involved within each option;  

  • counseling services available on campus and through a local, community-based rape crisis center or domestic violence program;  

  • medical and health services available on and off campus;  

  • available school-based supportive measures related to academic and residence life;  

  • the disciplinary process of the institution; and  

  • the legal process carried out through local law enforcement agencies. 

Confidential Resource Providers:

1. Steve Fitzgerald, Senior Associate Athletic Director, sfitzgerald1@stonehill.edu, 508-565-1773, Sports Complex Room 219H

2. Marilena Hall, Professor of Chemistry and Chemistry Department Chair, mhall@stonehill.edu, 508-565-1182, Shields Room 340

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

Ali Hicks
Interim 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.