Sexual Assault and Rape

Regardless of age, gender, sex, sexual orientation, class, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, lifestyle or experience, you have the right to live without fear or violence. You have the right to dress in any manner, to go to any place, and to be with any people without encountering fear or violence. You have the right to give or deny your consent to any sexual activity, regardless of what you have chosen or not chosen in the past, and you have the right to withdraw that consent after it has already been given without encountering fear or violence.

What is Sexual Assault and Rape?

Rape and Sexual Assault are, first and foremost, criminal acts defined by lack of consent.
Consent means clear, active expression by each party that shows that they wish to engage in the sexual activity. For you to get consent means that consent is:

  • Freely given
  • Clearly communicated
  • Verbally stated
  • For this act
  • Right now
  • With you

Consent CANNOT be given by someone who is significantly impaired by drugs or alcohol, by someone who is
unconscious or asleep, or by someone who is threatened or under duress.

What to do if you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted

Services available at the Health Center

Treatment for many medical issues and followup care is available at the Health Center. Students who wish to be seen at the Health Center for STI testing and treatment can make an appointment with the Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. These appointments are given priority and are available Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm.

The Health Center also makes free pregnancy testing and emergency contraception available.

The Health Center is not equipped to perform forensic examinations or test for drugs.

Information about medical care after sexual assault.

Confidential Reporting


Students are able to share information confidentially with certain members of the Williams community. This means that any information shared about sexual violence is reported to the Dean of the College in a way that does not contain any identifying information about the student.

Confidential resources at Health Services include the health care providers, clinicians, counselors, and Health Educator Donna Denelli-Hess.

Outside of Health Center hours, students can reach 24/7 confidential staff support via Sexual Assault Survivor Services (SASS) at (413) 597-3000.

Information on reporting an assault

You do not have to decide at the time you receive care whether you want to report an assault,
either to the College for disciplinary action, or to the police.