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After an Assault

The most common form of sexual misconduct perpetrated on college campuses is sexual assault. If you or someone you know has been assaulted in the last five days (120 hours), it is strongly recommended that you:

  • Try to get to a safe place. 
  • Call one of the immediate-response or 24-hour services listed below.
    Taking care of yourself is the first step in the healing process after an assault.
  • Try to preserve all physical evidence. 
  • Try not to wash your face or hands, bathe, brush your teeth, drink or eat, douche, or change clothes if you can avoid it. If you do change your clothes, put all clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault in individual paper bags (not plastic). It is important to preserve as much evidence as possible should you later decide to pursue criminal charges.
  • Seek medical attention. This can include going to an area hospital (for which Boston College can arrange transportation) and meeting a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) to both collect forensic evidence and provide medical care and support to you. SANEs are specially trained nurses who provide immediate, compassionate, and comprehensive medical-legal evaluation and treatment.
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center ER: 617–754–2323 
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital ER: 617–732–5636 
  • Reach out to additional resources for ongoing support when you feel ready.