Health Education, Promotion & Wellness

Sexually Assaulted or Raped?

How to Get Help for Yourself or a Friend

 ON CAMPUS EMERGENCY: 508.999.9191 (9191)

 Click here for information on what to do immediately following a sexual assault or rape.

Click here for information on reporting options.

Click here to access the online Sexual Assault Anonymous Reporting Form.

Click here for information on how to help a survivor.

 oncampus    On Campus

The following offices are prepared to help you consider your options and obtain needed services following a sexual assault or rape.

Public Safety
> Also offers RAD, a self-defense program for women.

Counseling Center

Health Services

Housing and Residential Life
Residential students can also seek help from their Resident Director (RD) or the RD on duty.

Judicial Affairs


Student Affairs

Women's Resource Center

offcampus     Off-Campus Support & Hotlines


St. Luke's Hospital and Charlton Memorial Hospital both have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) available to assist people who have been sexually assaulted/raped. Click here for additional information.

St. Luke's Hospital
101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Click here for directions to St. Luke's Hospital.

Charlton Memorial Hospital
363 Highland Avenue
Fall River, MA 02720

Click here for directions to Charlton Memorial Hospital.

Law Enforcement/Police:

Dartmouth Police

Fall River Police

New Bedford Police

Westport Police


The Women's Center
Office: 508.996.3343
24-Hour Hotline: 508.999.6636 (508.99WOMEN)
405 County Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

> All services are free and confidential
> 24-Hour Hotline 508.999.6636 (508.99WOMEN). Professionally trained volunteers provide immediate crisis intervention to ALL victims of sexual asssault and their loved ones.
> Advocacy accompaniment for all sexual assault victims to hospitals, police stations, district attorney's office and courts of law.
> Medical, legal, and psychological referrals
> Short term in-person counseling
> Support groups for women and teens
> Advocacy accompaniment and support for HIV testing


24-Hour, Multi-Lingual Hotline: 1.877.785.2020
SafeLink is a 24-hour, multi-lingual hotline for programs in Massachusetts. An advocate can talk with you about your needs and help you identify resources. They can connect you to services for both sexual assault and intimate partner/domestic violence.

Fenway Community Health, Violence Recovery Program

> Provides counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) victims of sexual assault, bias crime, domestic violence, and police misconduct.
> Other services include the region's only support group for male survivors of rape and sexual assault, a support group for GLBT domestic violence supporters, advocacy with the courts and police, and assistance with victim compensation.
> Short-term counseling to survivors and their families
> Referral services


National 24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE


online     Online

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
The nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and also carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims, and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

Jane Doe, Inc.: The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Jane Doe, Inc., The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, brings together organizations and people committed to ending sexual assault and domestic violence.  Jane Doe, Inc. operates SafeLink, a 24-hour, free, multi-lingual hotline for programs in Massachusetts (1.877.785.2020). An advocate can talk with you about your needs and help you identify shelters, programs, and other resources. They can connect you to services for both sexual assault and intimate partner/domestic violence.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

MaleSurvivor is committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through treatment, research, education, advocacy and activism. Their website includes information for survivors and professionals about male sexual victimization as well as a Discussion Board and live Chat Room where survivors can network and support one another, anonymously if they wish. MaleSurvivor also publishes a newsletter and sponsors periodic conferences and healing retreats.

The largest internet resource dealing with sexual misconduct, exploitation, and abuse of clients by mental health professionals, medical professionals, clergy, lawyers, educators, and law enforcement officials. AdvocateWeb offers extensive free resources for victims, survivors, their families, friends, victim advocates, and professionals seeking to address this problem.

Related Resources:
Download What you need to know about rape and sexual assault, a handbook produced by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center adobe

 Last Updated On: 3/27/08

Contact Info:

Beth-Anne Vieira, MPH
Coordinator, Health Education and Promotion
T - 508.910.6965