Dean of Students

If You Are a Victim of Sexual Assault

  • Make sure that you are SAFE from additional harm. Call someone you trust: a friend, an RA, a family member, University Police (ext. 7575), Health Services (ext. 7467), Counseling and Wellness Center (ext. 7678), the Rape Crisis Hotline (800-870-5905) or the Dean of Students Office (ext. 7423).
  • If your plan is to go to the hospital, try to preserve all physical evidence. Try not to wash, go to the bathroom, or change your clothing. If you change your clothing, put all clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault in a paper bag. This will preserve important evidence.
  • Please be aware that University Police can and will provide a safe, supportive escort to a nearby hospital.
  • It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to make sure that you are physically okay, to help prevent and/or treat sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, and to collect evidence should you choose to take legal action now or in the future. Medical attention is vital, as you may have sustained injuries of which you are unaware.
  • If you do not wish to report to the police or go to the hospital, please contact Health Services (ext. 7467), Counseling and Wellness Center (ext. 7678), the Rape Crisis Hotline (800-870-5905), or the Dean of Students Office (ext. 7423) for support, guidance, and assistance. Please remember that you are not alone.
  • Never forget that THIS WAS NOT YOUR FAULT. There are people at Clark University and in the Worcester community (see page 22) who will believe you and help you heal.
  • All the phone numbers that you need can be found on page 22 of this Survivor Guide.
  • You are in control. Ask for help. Tell others what you need and what you don't need.