A mountain lion has been sighted in Winchester. A resident reported seeing a mountain lion in the Dunster Lane, Pepper Hill Drive neighborhood off of Ridge Street. Massachusetts Environmental Police responded and viewed the animal’s paw print and stated the tracks strongly resembled that of a mountain lion. Photos of the tracks were sent to Mass […]
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.
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
- 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
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
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.
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.
- 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.