If you’ve experienced sexual assault recently or in the past, we want you to know that it is not your fault and you are not alone. Below is some information about your options. Please know that OPEN’s Sexual Violence Resource Center staff members are also available to discuss resources and options with you. You can set up an appointment by completing this confidential service request form.
The first few hours or days after an assault can be a particularly confusing time. Here are a couple of options to consider:
Seek safety. Find a space where you are safe and away from the person who hurt you – your room, a friend’s, a public place, or an office on campus. Northeastern University Police Department (NUPD) is available 24 hours a day. If you feel unsafe, call NUPD immediately at 617-373-3333.
Call someone you trust. A friend, family member, victim advocate, or counselors are good resources. Behavioral health clinicians at University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS) are available for walk-in appointments (M-F, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.). You can also speak to a licensed mental health clinician any time of day or night through Find@Northeastern (877.233.9477 [US] or +1.781.457.7777 [Intl.]).
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) has a 24/7 hotline you can access at 800.841.8371. They also have a web chat available from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily. If you are located outside of Boston, you can also contact the 24/7 National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.4673 or via web chat.
Understand your options. If you are interested in exploring options for counseling, reporting, legal services, or medical treatment, OPEN’s Sexual Violence Resource Center (SVRC) on campus might be a good place to start. We want to make sure you are not alone in navigating your rights and resources. You can set up an appointment by completing this confidential service request form. (Please note that the SVRC is not a 24/7 service, and that meetings with staff are arranged by appointment only. If you are seeking more immediate crisis support services, please contact BARCC or RAINN).
Within 5 days or 120 hours after an assault:
Medical treatment, emergency contraception, STI screening and prevention are available to you as is help with evidence collection (see below for more detailed information about services and timelines).
University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS) can provide medical care or local SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) hospitals can provide evidence collection in addition to medical treatment 24 hours a day. Whether or not you feel comfortable using your insurance, both UHCS and advocates at local hospitals can help make sure your treatment is affordable or free of charge. NUPD can provide free transportation to a local hospital. They are available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week at 617-373-3333. A medical advocate from Boston Area Rape Crisis Center will meet you at the hospital to help answer any questions you may have.
|Type of Treatment||Time Frame||Where to Access||Additional Information|
|Assessment and treatment of physical injury||ASAP||UHCS; Hospital; Primary Care Provider|
|Emergency contraceptives||Up to 5 days (120 hours) depending on the type of emergency contraceptive. Plan B (or other generic brands) works best ASAP and within 3 days (72 hours).||UHCS; Hospital; Primary Care Provider or Health Clinic (like Planned Parenthood); Pharmacy (Plan B costs approximately $50 at a local CVS)||“Emergency Contraception after Sexual Assault: 5 Key Facts for Survivors”|
|Evaluation, treatment and prevention of STIs (including HIV)||Best ASAP; start HIV prophylaxis within 3 days (72 hours)||UHCS; Hospital; Primary Care Provider||For HIV prophylaxis, we recommend going to a local hospital.|
|Toxicology testing (if you suspect someone drugged you)||Best ASAP; within 4 days (96 hours)||Hospital||Signs that alcohol or drugs have been used|
|Evidence collection / “Rape Kit”||Best ASAP; within 5 days (120 hours)||Hospital||Information and video about SANE exams|
Rights and Options
Regardless of where or when an incident occurred, as a Northeastern student you have the right to:
- To report or not report the incident to the police and/or the Title IX Coordinator: The Office for University Equity and Compliance (Title IX) is charged with investigating and responding to allegations of sex and gender-based misconduct. If you wish to file a complaint or have questions or concerns, please contact them via phone or email to arrange a meeting. Alternatively, reports can be submitted online at https://www.northeastern.edu/ouec/file-a-complaint/ (anonymous option available). You can learn more about reporting options through the Office for University Equity and Compliance, or by speaking to SVRC staff. Keep in mind that reporting to the Title IX Coordinator is not the same as filing criminal charges with the police (which is another option available to you). You can contact Northeastern University Police Department (NUPD) to discuss options for pursuing criminal charges. You are able to ask both OUEC and NUPD questions about your rights and options without committing to an investigative process or pressing criminal charges.
- To request a no-contact order: This prohibits university members from direct or indirect communication. SVRC staff, OUEC, or NUPD can help facilitate the process of getting a no-contact order issued through the Office for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
- To discuss options for a judicial restraining order or harassment prevention order
- To move into a temporary safe room: call NUPD, contact a member of Residential Life staff, or work with a staff member at the Office for University Equity and Compliance to access.
- To seek housing relocation, academic support, schedule changes or remedies, and/or exploration of emergency or medical leave, if appropriate: A case manager from WeCare can help to explore these options.
- To receive transportation to local hospitals or area courts: Call NUPD 24/7 for access at 617-373-3333.
- To receive confidential medical care and counseling on or off-campus: UHCS can provide psychological assessment, brief therapy, and community referrals. OPEN and UHCS also offer a support group called HEAL for students who are survivors of sexual assault. The Sexual Violence Resource Center can help get you connected to on or off campus individual or group services. See our Resources page to learn more about off-campus options both in the Boston area and near Northeastern’s regional campuses.