If you or someone you know has been a victim of a sexual assault or rape, the University wants you to know of the variety of services available to assist you, and strongly encourages you to use them as soon as possible.
The University provides a number of educational programs throughout the academic year and upon request to promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and other sex offenses. Students are encouraged to attend these workshops, seminars and presentations, which take place in the residence halls and around campus under the auspices of the UMass Lowell Police Department, the Offices of Residence Life, Student Activities, Health Services and the Counseling Services. These programs are publicized in the Connector, through the Student Information Centers and the residence halls. Students are also encouraged to participate in the R.A.D. Program provided through the Police Department.
Anyone who is a victim of a sexual assault should make getting to a place of safety their first priority. Once safety has been established, obtain necessary medical treatment. The UMass Lowell Police Department strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to UMass Lowell Police Department. Filing a police report will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will:
- ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim
- provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam)
- ensure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention
During the past 20 years, the University has devoted considerable time, energy and resources to the development of a comprehensive network of services for victims of sexual assault. Included in the network are staff from the Dean of Students Office, Residence Life, the UMass Lowell Police Department, Health Services, the Counseling Services, Office of Student Development and Campus Conduct, and representatives from the Middlesex District Attorney's Office. This network also includes skilled and sensitive rape crisis counselors, nurses and campus administrators, as well as local community resources such as a 24-hour rape hotline. Victims are offered medical assistance, legal information and advocacy in the criminal justice system and in the University disciplinary system, as well as ongoing support in the form of rape crisis counseling and some academic support services. These services are provided to all students and community members to help victims, both male and female, deal with the emotional and physical trauma of sexual assault, and resume progress toward their educational goals.
Lawrence General Hospital - Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certified Site
Phone: 978-683-4000 extension: 2500
Lowell General Hospital - Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Certified Site
UMass Lowell Health Services (Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Victims/survivors of sexual assault are encouraged to go to the hospital as soon as possible, before showering. An immediate medical examination has two goals: first, to treat the full extent of any injury or physical trauma and to consider the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy, and second, to obtain legally correct evidence in case you should decide to prosecute. For optimal evidence collection, exams should be performed within 72 hours of the assault, however, SANE will conduct an exam for up to five days following the assault.
Victims of rape are asked not to bathe or douche before having the examination and are requested to bring, in a paper bag, any clothes they were wearing at the time of the assault. Depending on hospital protocol, local police and/or parents may be contacted (the Center for Hope and Healing or the Counseling Services can provide this specific information). Victims will be encouraged to use counseling resources and the University judicial process. University EMTs are contacted through University Police.