Framingham State University Police Department
McCarthy Center (Access off Church Street)
100 State Street
P.O. Box 9101
Framingham, MA 01701-9101
Know the Facts
- 1 in 3 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
- 1 in 4 college women will be the victim of a rape or an attempted rape during their university years.
- More than 60% of rape victims/survivors know their attackers.
- 7% to 10% of all adult rape victims are males.
- Most rapists are motivated by hostility, fear of inadequacy and the need to control.
- Rapists use sex as a weapon to hurt, humiliate and intimidate their victims.
- The FBI estimates that only 1 in 10 rapes are reported to the police.
Avoid Becoming a Victim
- Be alert. Try not to appear as if you are daydreaming.
- Walk with confidence.
- Show that you are in control. Be aware of your surroundings.
- Know where you are and who’s around you.
- Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your personal space.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy, get out.
- Don’t let alcohol and drugs cloud your judgment.
- Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night; stay in well lighted area.
- Lock your doors and windows, even if you only leave for a few minutes.
- Watch for isolated spots, such as library stacks, laundry rooms, locker rooms, etc.
What to Do if You’re Assaulted
- Go to a safe place and tell someone you trust what happened.
- It’s your choice to report the crime to the police, but remember that action against a rapist can prevent others from becoming a victim.
- Don’t shower, bathe, douche or brush your teeth.
- Don’t throw away any clothing or objects that might contain evidence. Save every article of clothing worn during the attack without laundering it or altering it.
- Seek medical attention. Go to the hospital for treatment of injuries, prevention of STD’s, pregnancy, and emotional counseling.
- Be a good witness. Even though it may be hard, try to remember details. The sooner you tell, the sooner the attacker can be caught.
- Seek counseling and friends to help you in the aftermath. Remember, it’s not your fault.
- If it happens to someone you know, be there for them and don’t abandon them. Believe their story and offer comfort and support. Remind them that it’s not their fault.
- Framingham State University Police: 508-626-4911
- FSU Counseling Center: 508-626-4920
- FSU Health Services: 508-626-4900
- Framingham Police: 508-872-1212
- WPS Rape Crisis Hotline: 508-626-8686
- Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-333-SAFE
- Sexual Abuse Hotline: 508-485-7273
- MetroWest Help line: 508-620-2347