Chief Daniel O'Connell
30 Mount Vernon St. Winchester MA 01890
(781)729-1212 / 911
Posted By Winchester Police on November 1st, 2022

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Sexual Assault

For emergencies, dial 911.

For non-emergencies or for an incident that does not require immediate police attention, contact Lieutenant Peter MacDonnell at
(781) 721 – 4625.


Rape is a sexual assault, which includes:

  • Lack of Consent,
  • The threat or use of force,
  • Penetration (this includes oral, vaginal, and/or anal penetration by either a body part or object).
  • Rape also includes situations where the person is unable to give consent due to: unconsciousness, intoxication, mental impairment or being under the age of sixteen.

Indecent Assault and Battery:

Indecent Assault and Battery is a sexual assault which includes:

  • Unconsented and offensive touching of the breast, inner thighs, pubic area, and buttocks.
  • A person under fourteen is unable to consent to this type of sexual touching.

If You Are the Victim of Sexual Assault:

Get to a Safe Place

If you are Thinking of Reporting Your Assault:

Reporting is your choice. To preserve evidence for collection it is very helpful not to:

  • Shower, bathe or douche
  • Brush or comb your hair
  • Eat or Drink Anything
  • Smoke
  • Use the bathroom
  • Brush your teeth or gargle
  • Change your clothes (if you do change your clothes after the assault, place them in a brown paper bag for evidence collection)

Seek Medical Care

Sensitive appropriate medical care is available.  Whether or not you think prosecution is right for you, seek medical attention. The Department of Public Health’s SANE program (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner’s Program) is available at certain designated hospital sites in the Boston Area including:

  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Cambridge Hospital

All Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners receive significant training on the collection of forensic evidence that can assist your case if you choose to prosecute. Report Your Assault to Law Enforcement.


  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
    Office: 617/492-8306, 24hr. hotline 617-492-RAPE
    In addition to their hotline, B.A.R.C.C. offers group and individual counseling for survivors and their families. Their office is MBTA accessible on the Red Line
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery
    Office: 617/667-8141 Website
    They are currently accepting referrals for their therapy group for rape victims/survivors their survivor support services are free of charge and are MBTA accessible on the ‘D’ Line of the Green Line.
  • The Trauma Center
    Office: 617/731-3200 extension 421, Intake: extension 422 Website
    The Trauma Center offers group and individual counseling for victims of violence.  They are located at 227 Babcock Street in Brookline, and are MBTA accessible on the Green Line’s Boston College line.
  • The Victim’s of Violence Program of Cambridge Hospital can be reached at 617/591-6360. They offer group and individual services to survivors of violence. Cambridge Hospital’s address is 1493 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA 02139.
  • Community Programs Against Sexual Assault (CPASA) can be reached at 617/427-4470. It is located at Roxbury Multi-Service Center 317 Blue Hill Avenue Dorchester, MA 02121. It’s mission is to reduce the incidence of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault related crimes through multi- cultural outreach, education, crisis intervention and advocacy services, which empower individuals to organize the development of personal safety endeavors for the security of the community at-large. CPASA provides:
    • Public Education and Agency Training
    • Discussion Groups
    • Crisis Intervention
    • A Women’s Self-Development Series
    • Teens Networking Teens 617-445-7574
    • S.A.V. Ourselves (Sisters against Violence) 617-541-5416
    • The Women’s Roundtable
    • Women of Color United Against Domestic Violence and Rapes
  • For more information regarding SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program, download the SANE fact sheet.

    Information from Middlesex County and Suffolk County District Attorney websites.