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Sexual Assault Policy
Sexual assault is an intolerable crime, an act of aggressive and/or exploitive behavior. It is the policy of Regis College that no member of the community sexually, racially, or religiously harass or assault another person. Regis College will not tolerate sexual assault in any form. Where there is probable cause to believe that the safety and/or security of the individual, residence hall, or community has been breached, the College will pursue strong disciplinary action, which may include suspension or dismissal from the residence hall and College. It may also include restricting the accused from College property and functions.
In dealing with members of the Regis College community, individual integrity and respect are the primary focus of the College's concern. It is important that options regarding medical treatment, counseling, the procedure for reporting and/or filing charges against an alleged assailant or third party, and receiving support and assistance through this process are clearly articulated.
Legal Definition of Sexual Assault in Massachusetts
According to Massachusetts law, there are two major categories of sexual assault: rape and indecent assault and battery.
Rape is the penetration of any bodily orifice by any part of the body, or by an object, performed against the victim's will, without consent, and with the threat of or actual use of force. Under Massachusetts law, both men and women may be the victims of rape, and both may be the perpetrators of a rape. Rape may occur when the victim is unable to give consent (as is the case when he or she is drunk or unconscious). Rape may occur between people who know each other, and between people who have previously had consensual sexual relations.
Indecent Assault & Battery
Indecent assault and battery is a crime that occurs when the offender, without the victim's consent, intentionally has physical contact of a sexual nature with the victim. This may include, but is not limited to, touching a woman's breasts or the genital area or buttocks. The victim of such an attack is deserving of the same assistance and consideration as the victim of an attack legally defined as rape.
What to Do if You are Sexually Assaulted
- Get to a safe place as soon as possible
Call someone for help and support
Contact your Resident Assistant, Resident Director or A.S.A.P. peer advisor (telephone listings published each year through the College Health Services)
• Angela Hall ext. 8151
• College Hall ext. 7757
• Domitilla Hall ext. 8152
• Maria Hall ext. 7627
- Campus Police ext. 7111
- Campus Police (Emergency Only) ext. 7777
- Boston Area Rape Crisis Center 24-hour Hotline 617-492-RAPE
- Beth Israel Hospital Rape Crisis Intervention Program 617-735-4645
- Weston Police 781-893-4803
- Resident Directors
Get Medical Attention
All of the above personnel are trained to assist you. They will facilitate your transportation to a hospital or MD for medical treatment. Whether the incident occurred on or off campus, the above campus personnel can assist you in getting the physical and emotional support you need. Even if you think you were not hurt, you may have internal injuries. Early testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and possible pregnancy can prevent further problems.
Avoid eating, drinking, showering, bathing, douching, or changing your clothes before going to the doctor. Evidence can be collected shortly after a sexual assault that can be helpful if you decide to prosecute. These activities might result in destroying evidence. It is a good idea to have evidence taken even if you are uncertain about pressing charges. Evidence can be stored anonymously for up to six months.
Regardless of whether you report the assault, it is often helpful to seek counseling for the traumatic experience you have survived. The crisis intervention and counseling services provided by Regis College are available to all members of the College community regardless of where the assault may have happened. The Regis College Campus Counseling Services are located in the lower level of Maria Hall (see phone numbers above).
Whether to Report the Crime
Reporting a sexual assault to the police does not commit you to further legal action. The earlier you report an assault, the easier it will be for the police to investigate the crime, and to prosecute the case successfully if that is your choice. It helps to preserve your options for the future.
In the initial meeting with police, you will be asked to tell them what happened, where it happened, and what your attacker looked like. If you wish to have the assailant prosecuted, the police and district attorney's office will handle the legal proceedings without expense to you. You do not need to hire an attorney.
If you decide to report the crime to the police, you can be assured your name will not be made public. Massachusetts law requires that the identity of a sexual assault victim be kept confidential.
The following individuals must be informed that a sexual assault has occurred on campus: Dean of Students, Director of Residence Life, and Campus Police. Only information concerning the fact that the assault occurred will be given. Your name, address, or any other identifying information will not be included unless your expressed consent is obtained. Also, Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 225, states that all incidents of sexual assault must be reported to law enforcement personnel. The purpose of this act is to report the general location of the sexual assault for cases that are not being officially reported by the victim. Again, your name, address, or any other identifying information will not be included in this report.
For more information
College Hall, Room 102