Sexual Assault Investigation Unit

The Hanson Police Department has seven officers that have been trained as Sexual Assault Investigators. Due to the very sensitive nature of sexual assault crimes, investigators undergo an extensive training program at the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Academy. The training covers all types of sexual assaults, including rape, indecent assault & battery and child pornography.

If a sexual assault has just occurred, call 911. A Police Officer will be immediately dispatched to your location to assure your safety. A sexual assault investigator will be notified to investigate the report expeditiously.

Officer Michelle Hughes is the officer in charge of the sexual assault unit. If you have any questions or concerns about sexual assaults or you are unsure what types of assault or inappropriate touching are considered sexual assaults or other criminal activity, you can direct your inquiry to Officer Michelle Hughes at 781-293-4625 ext 238 or by email here.

If you have been sexually assaulted, remember, reporting a sexual assault may lessen the chances of it happening to others. And regardless of whether or not a criminal complaint is sought, there are many support services available to you.

Here are some general guidelines for victims of sexual assaults:

If the Assault Occurred Recently…
-Get to a safe place and call someone-the police (call 911), a friend, or a family member. Don’t try to deal with this trauma by yourself.

Seek medical attention immediately for possible injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, or pregnancy. Evidence will be collected to be used later to prosecute criminal charges. You can remain anonymous and still receive medical attention.

To preserve evidence, do not shower, wash, bathe, or douche. Try not to urinate.

If you change clothes, place the clothes from the incident in a paper bag (plastic destroys evidence).

Regardless of whether or not you desire proceed with criminal charges, there are many support services available to you.

If the Assault Occurred Some Time Ago...
– You may just now be realizing that you still have options available to you. In Massachusetts, certain instances of sexual assault can be successfully prosecuted, many years after it has occurred. Even though the assault was not previously reported.

– Medical attention may still be needed for treatment of physical symptoms.

Seek counseling. Unresolved experiences of sexual assault can have long-term psychological effects.

If someone you know has been sexually assaulted…

Make time to listen. Be supportive and non-judgmental. Avoid making decisions for the victim.

Believe the victim. Accept what you hear. Don’t minimize the experience. Don’t let your own biases get in the way.

Make it clear that the sexual assault was not the victim’s fault. Avoid ” Why? ” questions-they may sound blaming.

Offer options. Encourage action. Suggest seeking medical attention, calling the police, contacting a counseling center or a rape crisis center for emotional support. – Let the victim decide what actions to take. Making choices helps one to regain control lost during the assault.

Get help yourself. You may need to talk to someone about your feelings.

Remember!
Sexual Assault is Never the Victim’s Fault. Resources are here for You. Believe in Yourself. Get Support. It Takes Time to Heal.
Other Important Resources & Contact Information

SOUTH SHORE WOMEN’S CENTER

WOMAN’S PLACE (24 hour hotline for sexual assault) 508-588-8255

Brockton Hospital Emergency Room 508-941-7400

RAPE CRISIS HOTLINE 508-941-7000