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


If you believe you have experienced sexual violence in any form, you should take two steps: seek medical attention and report the incident. Physical evidence of a criminal sexual assault must be collected within 120 hours. However, you are also strongly encouraged to get medical attention after that time period. 

  • You may first go to the College’s Student Health Services; 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).
  • Important:  do not wash yourself or your clothing before an examination.
  • 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.
  • 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 (call their 24-hour Hotline at 888-999-5545) may also meet you at the hospital.

As one of your initial steps, you are also strongly encouraged to contact Heidi Freeland-Trail, the Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy at 860-439-2219, or h.freelan@conncoll.edu.

Heidi is joined by three additional confidential advocates: 

  • CC Curtiss, director of student wellness and alcohol/other drug education, Cro 223, 860-439-2826, ccurtiss@conncoll.edu
  • Erin Duran, director of gender and sexuality programs, LGBTQIA Center, 860-439-2238, eduran@conncoll.edu
  • Truth Hunter, director of race and ethnicity programs, Unity House, 860-439-5461, thunter@conncoll.edu

If you have had an unwanted sexual experience and need assistance after business hours, Heidi is on call throughout the academic year.  Heidi 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. She can be reached through Campus Safety or the Administrator On-Call, who is a professional staff person from the Offices of Student Life available after business hours, Monday-Friday, 5 p.m – 8:30 a.m. and on weekends and holidays. 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 (see numbers above). 

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 John McKnight, Acting Title IX Coordinator, jmcknight@conncoll.edu, 860-439-2035 one of the Title IX Coordinators: