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Reporting Sexual Assault

If you’ve been sexually assaulted:

It's not your fault.
Help is available.

Sexual assault and rape are crimes of violence and control, using sex acts as a weapon. Rape and sexual assault are not sexually motivated acts; rather, they stem from aggression, rage, sexism, and the determination to exercise power over someone else.

Rape is also a legal term that is defined in Massachusetts by three elements: penetration of any orifice by any object; force or threat of force; and against the will of the victim or without consent. Consent is informed, freely and actively given mutually understandable words or actions which indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.

Consent may never be given by minors (in Massachusetts, those not yet 16 years of age), mentally disabled persons, and those who are incapacitated as a result of alcohol or other drug consumption (voluntary or involuntary) or those who are unconscious, unaware or otherwise physically helpless. Consent cannot be given in situations involving coercion, threats, intimidation or physical force.

Sexual assault is often more broadly defined as any sexual activity that is forced or coerced or unwanted.

Any unwanted sexual contact constitutes a sexual assault and is against the University’s code of conduct and the law.

  • Download "What you need to know about rape and sexual assault: Important information for survivors, family, friends, and professionals," a guidebook produced by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (PDF document)

  • Sexual Assault Anonymous Reporting Form



Enacted on October 28, 2000, the Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires colleges and universities to issue a statement advising the campus community where state law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. The act also requires registered sex offenders to provide to appropriate state officials notice of each institution of higher education in that state at which the offender is employed, carries on a vocation or is a student.

In complying with the Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, the UMass Dartmouth Police Department has established a procedure to advise the local community where current sex offender registration information, at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation or is a student at UMass Dartmouth may be obtained.

The UMass Dartmouth Police Department routinely informs the campus community each academic year where they can find information on registered sex offenders.

Other resources for Sex Offender Registry information: 

Dartmouth Police

Fall River Police

New Bedford Police

Westport Police

Fairhaven Police

For more information, please visit the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board