On this site you’ll find information, resources, and links you can use to learn more about sexual assault.

Wheaton College takes sexual assault very seriously, and has developed a comprehensive definition and policy related to sexual  misconduct. Wheaton 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.

To this end, in 2016, Wheaton received a grant from the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women to reduce domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault on campus. This 2016 award is a Continuation Grant award from our OVW Campus Grant Award of 2012. Read the 2012 DOJ proposal narrative (pdf) and the 2016 DOJ proposal narrative (pdf) and abstract (pdf).

This project was supported by Grant No. 2012-WA-AX-0020 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Sexual Assault is any sexual contact that is unwanted and occurs without a person’s consent. A sexual act is non-consensual if it is forced through coercion, manipulation, threats, intimidation or helplessness. Sexual assault can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. It’s important to remember that no one deserves to be sexually assaulted. No one.

If you’ve been sexually assaulted:

  1. Get to a safe place and seek support from someone you trust.
  2. Contact Public Safety. They can connect you to people who can help 24/7. Dial x3333 or 508-286-8213.
  3. Or, for confidential advice and support, contact
    • New Hope Rape Crisis 24-Hour Hotline: For in-state calls, contact 1-800-323-4673. For out-of-state calls, contact SafeLink at 1-877-785-2020 and ask to be transferred to New Hope’s Hotline. Info and referrals for rape, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence. individual and group counseling, support groups, and accompaniment to local hospitals and police stations.
    • SafeLink at 1-877-785-2020 (Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence 24-hour hotline). Info and referrals for rape, sexual assault, dating, and domestic violence.
    • Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project 24-Hour Crisis Line at 1-800-832-1901. Info and referrals for rape, sexual assault, dating violence, and violence at home for gay, bisexual, and transgender men in MA.
    • The Network/La Red at 617-742-4911. Hotline for lesbians, bisexual women, and the transgender community (weekdays 9A – midnight, Saturday 1 – 6P, Sunday 1P – midnight).

Visit our Emergency information page.