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.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health specially trains, certifies and supports registered nurses and physicians to provide quality care and forensic evidence collection to sexual assault survivors. UHS is a designated Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) site, providing confidential, compassionate services for female, male and transgender survivors.
If you have been sexually assaulted, call UHS at 413-577-5000 as soon as possible, before showering. Exams must be performed within five days 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.