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Sexual Assault Information

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING SEXUAL ASSAULTS

PLEASE REMEMBER...

  • Do not shower, or change clothes, as this will destroy evidence.
  • All reports are confidential. The victim’s name or address will not appear anywhere in the report or report narrative if they wish to keep the information confidential. It will simply say that a sexual assault was reported, and a Sexual Assault Investigator was assigned.
  • If you do not wish to file a report with the department, you can still speak with a department Sexual Assault Investigator. This investigator will be able to explain in detail all of the options available to you.
  • If you do not wish to speak with an investigator, we can call a victim advocate who will explain in detail all of the options available to you. 

If you decide not to report to Campus Police, PLEASE consider speaking with one of the following resources:

ON-CAMPUS RESOURCES

  • Sexual Misconduct Advocate Response Team– 413-575-7194 (24 Hours Day) or email smart@wne.edu
  • Health Services - Kathy Reid - 782-1211
  • Residence Life - Beth Hill - 782-1317 (certified Rape Investigator)
  • Counseling Services - Wayne Carpenter, Nan Salky - 782-1221
  • Campus Ministry - 782-1628

GREATER SPRINGFIELD RESOURCES

  • Abuse and Rape Crisis- (24-hour hotline) 413-733-7100
  • Baystate Medical Center 413-784-0000
  • Holyoke Hospital 413-534-2592
  • First Call, United Way 413-737-2712

REGIONAL RESOURCES

  • Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence 860-282-7899
  • Maine Coalition for Family Crisis Services 207-941-1194
  • Massachusetts Coalition for Battered Women’s Service Groups 617-248-0922
  • New Hampshire Coalition Against Dom./ Sexual Violence 603-224-8893
  • New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women 609-584-8107
  • New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence 518-432-4864
  • Rhode Inland Council on Domestic Violence 401-467-9940
  • Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 802-233-1302

NATIONAL RESOURCES

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 303-831-9251
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center 1-877-739-3895
  • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

You may remain confidential and all will offer you valuable assistance.

UNIVERSITY DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Western New England University strives to provide an environment that is free of violent acts. Violations of th University’s Sexual Assault Policy will result in disciplinary action, which may include removal from the University. In accordance with the requirements of the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act, in any campus judicial case alleging some form of sexual assault, the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunity to have others present during disciplinary proceedings and both shall be informed of the outcome.  The University will assist victims in every possible way to restore their sense of empowerment and personal safety. This includes, at a minimum, arranging for changes in class schedules and living situations, subsequent to an alleged sexual assault to the extent that they are reasonably available.

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF SEXUAL ASSAULTS

Contacting Western New England University residence hall staff member does not necessarily mean the student or employee must prosecute the assailant(s). The University has staff trained in dealing with matters of this nature and can provide students or employees with advice and counseling about sexual assault. The choice belongs to the student or employee. Students and employees are asked to be aware that if they do not choose to press charges, other options are available for reporting the assault and seeking assistance.  A criminal investigation will involve Springfield Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit. These highly trained professionals have a close working relationship with campus police and local hospitals. Public Safety will assist the victim by providing for transportation, and by serving as advocates. Students and employees are reminded that this is not something they have to go through alone. A friend or support person can be with a student or employee during police interviews.