Sexual Assault Awareness And Prevention

Focus:

  • Defining Sexual Assault
  • Defining Consent
  • Facts About Sexual Assault
  • What To Do If An Assault Takes Place
  • Whether To Report Crime To The Police
  • What To Expect When Reporting
  • Resources On And Off Campus

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assaults are offenses classified as forcible or non-forcible sex offenses under the Uniform Crime Reporting System established by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and in compliance with the Violence Against Women Act.

Forcible Offenses

Forcible offenses are defined as rape, sodomy, sexual assault w/ object, and fondling.

Non Forcible Offenses

Non forcible offenses are defined as incidents of incest and statutory rape. Statutory rapes is defined as sexual assault of an individual under the age of 18.

Indecent Assault and Battery

Indecent assault and battery is defined as the intentional sexual touching of a man or woman’s private areas.

Consent is defined as a voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity proposed by another and requires mutually understandable and communicated words and/or actions demonstrating agreement by both parties to participate in all sexual activities. Person who are unconscious, intoxicated, mentally impaired, or who are under the age of eighteen (18) do not have the ability to give consent.

Facts About Sexual Assault

  • More than 90% of campus women who report sexual assault were acquainted with their assailant
  • 75% of all reported cases involved the victim knowing their assailant in some capacity
  • Contrary to popular belief, false reports to the police are rare; it is estimated that only 1 in 6 rapes are ever reported to police, making it the most under reported violent crime in the U.S.
  • Many assailants are surprised to learn that a police report is filed and claim the sex was consensual
  • Persons between the ages of 15 and 25 are the most vulnerable to acquaintance rape and sexual assault
  • Freshman year is the highest risk time for being victimized amongst college students
  • Many college women victimized by sexual assault were victimized before entering college
  • Alcohol is a factor in over half of all reported cases of sexual assault (often by both parties)
  • Usually occurs in victim’s own room or apartment

If You Are Assaulted

  • Get to a place where you will be safe from further attack
  • Call a friend or family member for support
  • Seek medical assistance
  • Contact your local police or the Northeastern University Police by dialing 617.373.2121

When Someone You Know Is Assaulted

  • Listen and comfort them
  • Encourage the person to seek medical, counseling supp0rt and urge them to notify the police
  • Offer support

Your Decision On Whether Or Not To Report The Crime To Police

  • Reporting a sexual assault does NOT commit you to future legal action
  • Your name will NOT be made public; Massachusetts law requires that the identity of a sexual assault survivor be kept confidential
  • Shield Law – all reports and conversations shall be confidential; the department and all officers are held liable for any breaches of confidentiality
  • Prompt reporting may lead to a more successful prosecution
  • It is the victim’s choice on whether or not to prosecute
  • Northeastern University Police Department has police officers (both male and female) who have undergone special training and are certified by the state in sexual assault investigation
  • Survivors may opt to pursue their case through the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) if the assailant is affiliated with Northeastern and may also pursue criminal action
  • Students may also report any sexual assault to the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI), Title IX Compliance Officer Mary Ann Phillips by calling 617.373.5290

What To Expect When Reporting

  • Expect prompt assistance from a Certified Sexual Assault Investigator
  • The police will offer you medical and psychological treatment and counseling and will also furnish you with numerous referrals to assist a victim in recovery
  • The victim will also be provided with academic schedule assistance and residential housing options through the Office of Student Affairs

Resources On Campus

Northeastern University Police Department    617.373.2121   
Northeastern University Police Emergency Line    617.373.3333   
UHCS (University Health and Counseling Service)
135 Forsyth St.    617.373.2772   
Northeastern University VISION Program   vision@neu.edu   
Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR)
202 Ell Hall    617.373.4390   
TITLE IX Compliance Officer
125 Richards Hall    617.373.5290   

Resources Off Campus

Battered Women Hotline
24-hour phone line    617.661.7203   
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC)
24-hour phone line    800.841.8371   
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery    617.667.8141   
Boston Medical Center
Emergency Care Center    617.414.4075   
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Domestic Abuse Intervention and Prevention    617.264.8747