Sexual Assault

No one deserves to be sexually assaulted.  You can get help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact, activity, or attention that you did not want to happen or that happens when you are unable to consent.

IF THIS HAPPENED TO YOU, REMEMBER- IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT.  There is no excuse for sexual assault.   And you are not alone!  You can get help.

How to Get Help

The Adams Police Department has officers who receive special training to help people - children and adults - who suffer sexual assault or rape. 

  • We understand that it can be very hard to talk about sexual assault and rape. 
  • We understand that sexual assault and rape cause both physical and emotional hurt. 
  • Our officers are trained and sensitive to this. 

We call these trained officers our Sexual Assault Unit.  The members of our Sexual Assault Unit are Sgt. Shawn Briggs and Officers Donna Malloy and Michael Wandrei.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of them.

We work closely with others in our community to help victims of sexual assault and rape get help.

We have a special program where a counselor from Elizabeth Freeman Center, the county domestic violence and rape crisis center program, works out of the Adams Police Department.  She is not part of the police department but is available at our location to talk with you or help you get legal protection, financial compensation, counseling, shelter, or other services.  Elizabeth Freeman Center’s services are free and confidential.  (See below for more information on Elizabeth Freeman Center).

We also work closely with the Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office during an investigation of an adult sexual assault.

In child cases, we work closely the SAIN Network (Sexual Assault Intervention Network).  This Network includes the DA’s office, the Department of Children and Families, and Berkshire County Kids’ Place.  With this network, we can do one interview of the child victim by a specially trained interviewer.  This greatly reduces the number of times the child has to tell and relive the ordeal.  Berkshire County Kids’ Place offers free counseling for child victims.  They can be reached at (413) 499-2800, or by visiting 63 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield.

What kind of help can I get?

1.   If you call or come into the police office
•             If you are in danger and call 911, police will come quickly to the scene. 
•             If you call or come in to our office, we will listen and talk with you about what we can do and what you can do.

2.  If you call or talk to a counselor from Elizabeth Freeman Center

Elizabeth Freeman Center provides domestic violence and sexual assault services in Berkshire County, including a 24 hour hotline you can call to talk, get information, or get immediate help.   They can help you whether or not you decide to report the assault to the police or press charges.  Their services are free and confidential.  You can get help 24/7 by calling the free hotline at 1-866-401-2425. 

  • If you choose to get medical attention, they meet you at the hospital to give support and information about your rights and options. 
  • If you decide to go to court, they can go with you. 
  • They provide counseling, support groups, help with financial problems, shelter and other emergency services. 
  • They are covered by special privacy rules and release no information without your consent.  
  • Their services are free and available to victims of violence and their non-offending family members.

 

To reach Elizabeth Freeman Center,

  • call the 24/7 hotline at 1-(866)-401-2425 or (413) 499-2425.
  • call their counselor who works out of the Adams Police Department, Kelly, at 413-347-0117 (cell phone).  Or
  • call or go to one of their offices:

85 Main Street, Suite 300
North Adams, MA  01247
(413) 663-7459

43 Francis Avenue
Pittsfield, MA  01201
(413) 499-2425 (voice and TTY)

401 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 429-8190