Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact that takes place without consent; it’s a crime of violence and control that can happen to anyone.
UHS is a designated Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) site, providing confidential, compassionate services to survivors of all genders. SANEs are trained, certified, and supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to coordinate quality care, perform forensic evidence collection, and provide after-care resources to survivors.
If you believe you were sexually assaulted, come to University Health Services (150 Infirmary Way) as soon as possible, before showering or bathing, and ask to see the SANE. Exams must be performed within 120 hours of the assault to ensure evidence quality.
The SANE can help you obtain the services of a counselor advocate from the Center for Women and Community. UHS also works with the UMass Police Department and other police departments as necessary. You don’t need to make a police report to get medical care or have evidence collected.
If you choose not to have a complete forensic exam, we still strongly encourage you to come to UHS to be checked for possible injury, infection or unintended pregnancy, and for post-trauma counseling.