If you have been sexually assaulted, you have options and things to consider:
The option to file a complaint. 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. Click here for more information on filing a complaint.
The following may help to preserve evidence: not showering/washing, not using the bathroom, not changing clothes, not brushing your teeth or rinsing out your mouth.
Consider seeking medical attention. 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.
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.
There are a variety of emotions a survivor may experience and a variety of responses survivors may have to trauma. Survivors may experience anger, self blame, depression and anxiety. Survivors may experience sleep and appetite disturbances, difficulty focusing, withdrawal from loved ones, and many other things as a reaction to sexual assault.
You are encouraged to contact the EIU Counseling Center and speak with a counselor and/or Lindsay Wilson, the confidential advisor, at (217-581-3413). Lindsay can assist in filing complaints (both on and off campus), if the student so chooses, to decrease the burden on the survivor. She can assist with information on orders of protection, civil no contact orders, and restraining orders, and can help with housing and academic supports, and accessing treatment for medical needs. After-hours and on weekends, you can reach a Life Links crisis counselor (1-866-567-2400) or the SACIS crisis hotline (1-888-345-2846).
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.