Options for Assistance Following an Incident of Sexual Misconduct:
If you have experienced an act of sexual misconduct and need immediate assistance, you have several on and off-campus resources available.
Many individuals do not know where to turn for help or what steps to take after sexual misconduct occurs. Although it is ultimately up to the survivor to choose what course of action to take, the University encourages all individuals to seek assistance from a medical provider and/or law enforcement immediately after an incident of sexual misconduct. This is the best option to ensure preservation of evidence and to begin a timely investigative response.
Seeking assistance from a medical provider allows for the diagnosis and full treatment of any injuries or physical effect and to properly collect and preserve evidence. There is a limited window of time following an incident of sexual assault to preserve physical and other forms of evidence. Gathering such evidence does not commit an individual to pursuing legal action against the assailant, but does preserve that option.
If a sexual misconduct survivor goes to the hospital, local police will be called but the individual is not obligated to talk to the police or to pursue prosecution.
- On Campus Resources
- Off-Campus Resources
- Medical Resources
- (Sexual Assault Nure Examiner (SANE) Nurse
- Preservation of Evidence After an Assault
On-Campus Support Options:
- Lang Center for Health, Wellness, Counseling & Disability Services
Located between Colman Library and Cummings Residence Complex
Lang Counseling Center is a confidential resource for students whose staff cannot disclose any information without your permission and can provide emotional support as well as information about reporting options.
- Campus Safety and Security
(815) 226-4060 (answered 24/7)
Campus Safety and Security is available to students and employees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to any community concern. Campus Safety and Security will notify the Title IX coordinator after responding to a call related to sexual misconduct. Campus Safety and Security can also assist a student in contacting local enforcement should the student desire to make a report to local law enforcement.
- LaShun McGhee, Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
Office: Student Life Office Suite, 1st floor Burpee Student Center (next to Den)
Phone: 815-226-2842 / E-Mail: LMcGhee@rockford.edu
The Title IX coordinator is available to students and employees as an immediate resource. Talking with the Title IX coordinator about a specific incident of sexual misconduct constitutes a report to which the University must respond.
- EAP (employee only resource)
EAP through Perspectives is a confidential resource for employees regarding issues/problems in relationships, depression, stress, anxiety, legal, financial, alcohol/drugs, child/elder care, and the work place.
Off-Campus Support Options:
Rockford Police Department
815-966-2900 (Non-emergency number)
Sexual assault or violence support services:
Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
4990 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108
(815) 636-9811 – 24 hour line
1-800-564-8441 – 24 hour line
Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling (RSAC) provides 24-hour crisis intervention, counseling services and advocacy support for survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse, ages 3-adult, and their significant others in Winnebago, Boone and Ogle Counties. RSAC also offers prevention education programming and professional training in Winnebago, Boone and Ogle counties in Illinois.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Swedish American Hospital – 3.4 miles from campus
1401 East State Street, Rockford, Illinois (815) 968-4400
Rockford Memorial Hospital – 6.3 miles from campus
2400 North Rockton Avenue, Rockford, Illinois (815) 971-5000
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center – 1.5 miles from campus
5666 East State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61108 (815) 226-2000
Although it may be difficult following a sexual assault, individuals who are considering or may consider legal action should try not to shower, bathe, douche, urinate, rinse mouth, brush teeth, drink liquids, or change clothes to allow for maximum possible collection of evidence by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) nurse or other health care provider.
A SANE nurse is a registered nurse who has been specially trained to provide comprehensive care to sexual assault survivors in a medical setting. SANE nurses are usually on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week (call the emergency room if you first want to speak to the nurse; ER will refer you). The SANE nurse or other hospital staff member will conduct a medical evaluation, collect evidence, check for injuries, address pregnancy concerns and address the possibility of exposure to sexually transmitted infections.
These tips are guidelines only and are not meant to be absolutes:
If clothing has been changed since the assault, bring the clothing you had on at the time of the assault with you to the hospital in a clean, sanitary container such as a clean paper grocery bag or wrapped in a clean sheet (plastic containers do not breathe and may render evidence useless).
If clothing has not been changed, bring a change of clothes with you to the hospital, if possible, as they will likely keep the clothes you are wearing as evidence.
Do not disturb the crime scene—leave all sheets, towels, etc. that may bear evidence for the police to collect.
You can take a support person with you to the hospital, and they can accompany you through the exam if you want.