What to do if You are Sexually Assaulted

Get to a safe place as soon as possible and contact the WPI Campus Police.

Dial 5555 from any on-campus phone or +1-508-831-5555 from a non-WPI phone system. You may also use one of WPI's emergency phones located throughout the campus (identified by a blue light). By pushing the red button, you are automatically connected with a Campus Police Dispatcher (24 hours a day). Reporting a sexual assault to the police does not commit you to further legal action, however, the earlier you report an assault, the easier it will be for police to investigate the crime, and to prosecute the case successfully if that is your choice. It also helps preserve your options for the future.

Get medical treatment as soon as possible to make sure that you are physically okay.

At our area hospitals, you will also receive a gynecological exam (if necessary) to check for internal injuries. Lab tests will also be performed for the purpose of collecting evidence in the event that you may later decide to take legal or criminal action against your assailant.

Talk with a professional counselor.

A counselor can provide you confidential services and emotional support in dealing with the trauma that you may be experiencing. WPI's student counseling staff may be contacted directly by calling +1-508-831-5540 or by the WPI Police at +1-508-831-5555 (open 24 hours a day).

Call someone you trust.

Don't try to deal with the situation alone; it's important to tell someone. It is an enormous burden to bear alone. Call a friend, family member, or someone with whom you feel you can talk (e.g., student or Residential Life staff member, counseling Center staff member, Health Services nurse, Campus Police officer or other WPI staff member).

Try to preserve all physical evidence

Physical evidence is often critical to an investigation. For this reason, you should not wash, douche, or shower. Try not to urinate. You should not eat, drink, smoke, or brush your teeth. If you change clothes, put all the clothing you were wearing at the time in a paper bag, not plastic. If the crime happened in your room or apartment, do not clean or straighten up until all evidence has been collected. 

WPI will assist you in whatever way we can to make you feel more comfortable and safe. Such assistance may include housing relocations, change in course schedules, escort service, etc.

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