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Sexual Assault

If you were just sexually assaulted, Salem State’s counseling and health services, the PEAR Program, your local emergency room, a rape crisis hotline, Salem State’s police, or your local police department can direct you to services for:

  • Preventing pregnancy
  • Testing and preventative treatment of sexually transmitted infections
  • Testing for date rape drugs
  • Evidence collection

Just because you have evidence collected does not mean you have to press charges. It means that you can preserve evidence if you decide to press criminal charges later.
 

Learn about what to do within five days of a sexual assault.

If you have experienced an assault or are experiencing relationship violence or stalking, three confidential places are on campus where you can talk to someone, and they will tell you your options without having to give your name to the university.
 

Counseling and Health Services
Office Location: Ellison Campus Center 107
Telephone: 978.542.6410
 

PEAR Program
Ellison Campus Center Room 112
Telephone: 978.542.2987
24 Hour Confidential Advocacy Line: 978.594.7089
 

Spiritual Life
Rev. Laura Biddle
Telephone: 978.542.6129
 

Additionally, all Salem State faculty and staff are trained in how to direct you to campus resources, which you have a right to as a Salem State student.

As required by law, they will inform the campus coordinator who handles reports to let them know you might want help. This does not mean that a police report will automatically be filed. However, it does mean that the school is responsible for taking the report seriously and investigating based on what you want to tell them.

If you do not want the issue reported to the campus coordinator, you should use the confidential resources listed above (counseling and health services or the university chaplain).
 

Read about the university’s responsibility to survivors and how you can report incidents directly.

Discover our full list of credible off-campus resource recommendations. 

 

Additionally, all Salem State faculty and staff are trained in how to direct you to campus resources, which you have a right to as a Salem State student.

As required by law, they will inform the campus coordinator who handles reports to let them know you might want help. This does not mean that a police report will automatically be filed. However, it does mean that the school is responsible for taking the report seriously and investigating based on what you want to tell them.

If you do not want the issue reported to the campus coordinator, you should use the confidential resources listed above (counseling and health services, Spiritual Life, or PEAR).

 

Understand common reactions to sexual assault and relationship violence.

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