If You are Assaulted
If You are Assaulted
Sexual assault is a crime and complaints will receive serious and immediate attention. Once a complaint is received, the first step taken by University personnel will be to ensure that you are safe and protected from harm.
It is the responsibility of all members of the campus community to create a campus free of sexual and interpersonal violence. Students who have experienced or witnessed sexual violence or interpersonal violence are encouraged to come forward with the assurance that their complaints will be taken seriously. Great care will be taken to ensure students are protected and receive appropriate attention and services. Free and confidential services are available at the Eastern Illinois University Counseling Center 217-581-3413. Free and confidential services are also available in the community through SACIS 217-348-5033 and HOPE 217-348-5931.
If you have been sexually assaulted, please consider the following:
- Consider reporting the assault to police by calling 911.
- Try to preserve all physical evidence. Do not wash, use the bathroom, change clothes, brush your teeth or rinse out your mouth.
- Seek medical attention from a hospital. A sexual assault crisis advocate can help you through the process at the hospital. Medical and follow up care are important regardless of whether you choose to report the assault.
- Consider filing a complaint with the Police and/or University. You control when and where to file a complaint. (In some circumstances, the University may be required to proceed with an investigation without you cooperation if failing to do so would put the greater campus community at risk.) There are multiple options available and complaints may be filed in any, all or none of the appropriate departments.
- Talk with others about your experience. Seeking support from others can help you in your healing process.
- Remember that it is not your fault. You are not responsible for the actions of others.
- You are encouraged to contact the EIU Counseling Center and speak with Lindsay Wilson at (217-581-3413). After-hours and on weekends, you can reach a Life Links crisis counselor (1-866-567-2400 ). Lindsay will assist in coordinating the filing of complaints to decrease the burden on the survivor. This includes assistance with both on campus and off campus (such as, police, Student Standards) filing of complaints and can assist with information on orders of protection, civil no contact orders, and restraining orders. Help with your housing, academic, and medical needs can also be provided.
- Advocates through SACIS (217-348-5033) and HOPE (217-348-5931) also are available to assist survivors with filing reports, orders of protection, and civil no contact orders.