Massasoit Community College is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that is free of any conduct that could be considered harassing, abusive or disorderly. In an effort to assure safety to all members of the college community, the procedures set forth on the following pages have been established. Copies of these procedures are available in the offices of the Advisement and Counseling Center, Health Services, Women’s Resource Center, Dean of Student Services and Campus Police.
Sexual assault is a criminal offense and will not be tolerated. Sexual assault includes forcible and non-forcible offenses.
Massasoit Community College is required by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 and the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 to collect information related to sexual assault on campus. When an allegation of sexual assault is made, the alleged victim is encouraged to pursue criminal prosecution. In addition, appropriate campus disciplinary action may be pursued.
All allegations of sexual assault will be handled confidentially and will be investigated. Both the accuser and the accused will have equal opportunity for a hearing.
Massasoit Community College has adopted a pro-action plan with education and awareness programs to prevent these crimes on campus.
The prevention of sexual assault depends in part on the awareness of an individual’s responsibility for crime prevention and personal safety. Information is provided through programs and education which include:
It is our concern, when a rape or sexual assault is reported to campus authorities, that the victim’s welfare be paramount, and she or he is not victimized again by the system. With this in mind, we have established procedures to follow in the event of a rape or sexual assault on campus.
Faculty and Staff
See Disclosure of Student Disciplinary Records for further information.
CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM INFORMATION
1. Whom To Contact
In the event that you are the victim of sexual assault on campus, find yourself a place of safety. Once safe, call one or more of the following:
2. The Importance of a Medical Examination
For purposes of ensuring your own physical health, as well as successful apprehension and prosecution of your attacker (if desired/warranted), it is very important that you promptly go or be sent to a nearby hospital emergency room to be examined. As awkward or uncomfortable as it may be, you should not change your clothing or bathe prior to this examination. At this time you may want to be tested and treated for any injuries you have sustained and also be tested for the presence of any sexually transmitted diseases.
Be aware that it is your right to have a trained rape counselor accompany you throughout all or any part of the medical examination. The counselor is there to provide support and answer any questions you have. The information you share privately with the counselor is confidential. Seeing the doctor and having an evidentiary “rape kit” completed does not mean you must prosecute your attacker, but it does significantly increase the potential for success if you choose to do so.
If possible, either bring a change of clothing with you to the hospital or have someone do so for you, as your clothing worn during the assault should be collected by the medical team.
3. Protecting Yourself Following A Sexual Assault
After a sexual assault has occurred, it is extremely important to provide for your personal safety. If you know or fear that your attacker knows your whereabouts, you may want to make temporary arrangements to stay elsewhere. Restraining orders preventing your attacker from contacting you are available through the court system. Although you must request the order (with or without the assistance of an attorney), rape crisis counselors can help you fill out the required paperwork at the police station. Counselors can also refer you to appropriate support agencies and shelters, if desired.
It is important to remember that sexual assault can happen to anyone. Sexual violence is not the victim’s fault. However, victims frequently experience confusing and deeply troubling feelings following an attack. It is important not to hold such feelings in. Talk to a trusted friend or relative and seek appropriate professional counseling. Rape Crisis Centers offer 24 hour hotlines and these conversations are completely confidential. You can talk to the counselors about anything. They are there to listen and to help answer questions about police proceedings, legal issues, medical procedures, counseling options, and many other topics.
REMEMBER, if you have been sexually assaulted, you need to take appropriate steps toward physical and emotional recovery.
Forcible sex offenses are defined as “any sexual act directed against another person, forcible and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will when the victim is incapable of giving consent. Forcible offenses include:
Non-forcible sex offenses may include: