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Sexual Assault

What acts are considered sex offenses?

According to Illinois law, sex crimes involve the use of force or threat of force to sexually touch or penetrate the victim's body or forcing the victim to touch or penetrate the offender's body. Threats of death or use of a weapon increases the severity of legal charges. Sex crimes can be prosecuted even if the victim knew the attacker, the victim did not fight back, the victim had consensual sex with the attacker previously, or the victim was intoxicated or unconscious.

What should I do if I'm sexually assaulted?

Seek medical attention immediately. Do not shower, change clothes, or disturb the scene of the attack. Go to the emergency room of a hospital; ask a friend to go with you, if possible. Local hospitals include Carle Foundation Hospital, at 611 West Park, Urbana, and Provena Covenant Medical Center, at 1400 West Park, Urbana. Hospital personnel will treat the physical consequences of assault, such as injury, infection, disease, and pregnancy. They can collect evidence that will be needed if you report the crime. They are required to contact local law enforcement agencies; however, you may choose whether to speak with police personnel. The University encourages all victims of crimes, including sexual assaults, to report them promptly to police.

Once at the hospital, you will be advised of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). This team consists of four collaborating departments and individuals. At the hospital you will meet with a doctor or nurse who is a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE). The next member of the SART is a Law Enforcement Officer. The officer's responsibility is to provide you with a copy of “Your Rights as a Sexual Assault Survivor"‚ and explain what procedures need to be followed in the course of an investigation. Even if you decide not to pursue criminal charges at that time, it is recommended that you report the incident and have evidence collected in the event that you would like to make an official report in the future. The third member of the team is the Rape Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services (RACES) Advocate. As protocol requires, a RACES Advocate will automatically be called out to the hospital when a sexual assault is reported. Speaking with the RACES Advocate aids in the understanding of what happens immediately after the hospital room visit and what may lie ahead. The fourth member of the team is you, the Sexual Assault Survivor (SAS). As part of this team, you must know that all other members are there to assist and guide you through this experience. Although you have the right to decline any and all services the SART may have to offer, it is your courage and cooperation that enables the team to help you begin the rebuilding process.

You may choose to report the crime through any of the means listed in this brochure. Individuals at the Counseling Center (217-333-3704), Rape Crisis 24-hour Hotline (217-384-4444), Emergency Dean (217-333-0050), and the Women's Resources Center(217-333-3137) can talk with you about your decision to report the crime, help you find the resources you need, and respond to requests to change your academic or living situation because of the attack. Several campus and community counseling services are available to victims of sexual assault. Call the Counseling Center (217-333-3704) for more information, or visit their Web site at http://www.counselingcenter.illinois.edu. You may also contact the Women's Resources Center (217-333-3137) for more information, or visit their Web site at https://oiir.illinois.edu/womens-center.

Whether or not legal charges are filed, students accused of sexual abuse or assault are subject to disciplinary actions from the University, including dismissal or other sanctions deemed appropriate. Both the alleged victim and the accused are entitled to have others present during the disciplinary proceedings, and both will be informed of the outcome of the proceedings.

How does the University educate students and staff about sex offenses?

Many of the educational opportunities on campus focus wholly or in part on rape awareness and prevention. The Womens Resources Center offers workshops, speakers, and programs on sexual assault education; oversees the Campus Acquaintance Rape Education program; provides counseling for students; and distributes brochures on dating violence, acquaintance rape, Illinois sex crime laws, and guidance for rape victims and their families and friends.

The University of Illinois is committed to providing the safest environment possible for study and work. Part of that commitment involves providing information about campus security to current, as well as prospective, students and employees. This report, prepared in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, outlines the University's security policies and discloses campus crime statistics.


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