Wheaton College takes any form of sexual assault very seriously, and is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all members of the community by providing resources for prevention, support, education, and a fair disciplinary process.
If you are concerned that your student is in a potentially harmful relationship, contact the Office of Dean of Students at 508-286-8218 or Public Safety at 508-286-8213.
If your daughter or son lets you know that he or she has been sexually assaulted, your primary concern, of course, is his/her safety and well-being. If safety is an immediate concern, Public Safety or the Norton Police should be notified without delay. Once safe, your student can call Public Safety (508-286-8213) and ask to speak with the Area Coordinator-on-Call/Dean-on-Call or, for confidential crisis support, care, and information, the Wheaton College Counseling Center (508-286-3905).
In addition to the information below, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center provides information specifically intended for parents.
If your student feels unsure about what has happened to him/her, he/she should know that sexual assault is ANY unwanted sexual contact that occurs without a person's consent. A sexual act is non-consensual if it is initiated through coercion, manipulation, force, threats, intimidation or helplessness.
Sexual assault is traumatic. It is often difficult for someone who has been sexually assaulted to be alone, especially immediately after the assault. Encourage your student to find a friend to stay with him/her.
Encourage your student to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if he/she does not want to report the assault to the police. Even if it has been awhile since the assault occurred, your student may still benefit from medical attention.
Medication to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections is available at Norton Medical Center or any hospital ER.
Support your student and listen non-judgmentally. Listen and then listen some more. Do not blame or ask "why" questions. Allow your student the freedom to choose when and where to talk about the assault. It can be helpful and empowering for your student to make his/her own decisions regarding discussing and/or reporting the assault.