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 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, Campus Safety or the Norton Police should be notified without delay. Once safe, your student can call Campus 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.
- Sexual and Gender-based Misconduct Policy
- Dean of Students Office: 508-286-8218
- Title IX Coordinator: 508-286-3261
- Campus Safety (24 hours/day): 508-286-8213 or 3333 from an on-campus phone
- Norton Police: 911
- Wheaton Campus Safety: 508-286-5051 (x3333) – PS will notify the Area Coordinator-on-Call/Dean-on-Call
- New Hope Rape Crisis CONFIDENTIAL Hotline: In-state calls: contact 1-800-323-4673. Out-of-state calls: contact 877-785-2020 (SafeLink) and ask to be transferred to New Hope’s Hotline.
- Morton Hospital ER and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner: 508-828-7100
- Sturdy Memorial Hospital ER: 508-222-5200
During Regular Business Hours:
- Norton Medical Center: 508-286-5400 (CONFIDENTIAL); after hours doc-on-call available via this number)
- Wheaton Counseling Center: 508-286-3905 (CONFIDENTIAL)
- Wheaton Health & Wellness: 508-286-8210
- Wheaton’s Sexual Misconduct and Assault Resource Team (SMART)
- The Office of the Dean of Students: 508-286-8218 (if you are concerned that you or a friend may be in a potentially harmful or abusive relationship)
- Victim Rights Law Center: The VRLC provides victims of sexual assault with individual representation as a means to stabilize their lives post-traumatic assault – 617-399-6720
- Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program: Counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services for LGBT victims of domestic violence and sexual assault – 617-927-6250 or 800-834-3242; after 5 PM or on weekends – 877-785-2020
24-Hour Confidential Hotlines
- The Network/La Red Hotline 617-742-4911 – Working to end abuse in lesbian, bisexual women’s and transgender communities
- Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project Hotline 800-832-1901
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233
- SafeLink Hotline 877-785-2020 (Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence)