What should I do right away if I’ve been sexually assaulted?


If you believe you have experienced sexual violence in any form, you have options available to you, including seeking medical attention, receiving confidential support, and reporting the incident. Any or all of these options can be pursued based on what you feel is right for you. They are not mutually exclusive. 

Physical evidence of a criminal sexual assault needs to be collected within 120 hours and a collection of this evidence can be done at the Hospital while seeking medical attention. However, even if that window has passed, you are still encouraged to get medical attention if you feel you need it. 

Seeking Medical Attention

  • You may first go to the College’s Student Health Services; the staff there can provide support and arrange for transportation and an escort to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital (L&M) emergency room (365 Montauk Ave., New London).
  • If possible, do not wash yourself or your clothing before an examination.
  • If possible, bring the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault.
  • The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (a specially trained nurse) at L&M is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • You can also call the emergency room at 860-442-0711 if you want to speak to the nurse; ER will refer you.
  • A Rape Crisis Counselor from the Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut will also meet you at the hospital and be available to you if you choose

Receiving Confidential Support

As one of your initial steps, you are also strongly encouraged to contact Rachel Stewart, the Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy at 860-439-2219, or rstewart1@conncoll.edu.

Rachel is joined by two additional confidential advocates: 

  • Angela Nzegwu, director of religious and spiritual programs, Chapel, 860-439-2450, anzegwu@conncoll.edu 
  • Erin Duran, director of gender and sexuality programs, LGBTQIA Center, 860-439-2238, eduran@conncoll.edu

If you have had an unwanted sexual experience and need assistance after business hours, Rachel is on call throughout the academic year. Rachel is trained to assist students in reviewing all the options available to them and deciding how they would like to proceed. She is a confidential resource, which means that she is not required to report specific information about incidents involving students. You can reach any one of the Confidential Advocates directly on the 24/7 Confidential Advocate Hotline: (860) 460-9194. You can contact Campus Safety directly at x2222, or your Housefellow or Floor Governors can assist you. 

Off-campus options for nights and weekends are also available, including:

  • The Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern CT: 860-456-2789
  • Safe Futures (New London): (860) 701-6000
  • National Sexual Assault Online Hotline: https://hotline.rainn.org 

All of the above resources are confidential. 

Report the Incident

On the other hand, if you would like to report the incident so that it can be investigated and adjudicated, you may fill out the online Incident Reporting Form and/or notify Ebony Manning, Title IX Coordinator, emanning@conncoll.edu, 860-439-2624 or one of the Deputy Title IX Coordinators: