If you have been a victim of a crime, get somewhere safe and contact the UIC Police immediately.
If you are the victim of sexual assault, stalking or domestic violence, please see procedures to follow if you have been sexually assaulted and procedures to follow if you have been a victim of domestic violence or stalking
It was not your fault.
Whatever you did to survive was the right thing to do.
Get to a safe place as soon as you can and tell someone you trust.
You have options available to you including:
Title IX states that universities are required to provide reasonable accommodations to student crime victims. That assistance is provided in the form of academic accommodations (such as more flexibility to complete assignments), financial aid, changing campus/off campus living arrangements and parking assignments, and other health and safety concerns are part of meeting this obligation.
Even if you do not wish to press charges or collect evidence, getting medical attention is
important for addressing the physical consequences of assault. In addition to the emotional and
psychological trauma experienced during and after a rape, survivors also might have physical
concerns such as:
Going to a hospital emergency room, clinic or your doctor.
If you choose to go to the emergency room and present as a victim of sexual assault, your treatment will be free. If you are considering going to the emergency room, call the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline (1-888- 293-2080) for information about which hospitals have advocates specifically trained to work with survivors of sexual assault.
However, all Chicago hospitals are required to provide general support for survivors; you can ask the charge nurse for an advocate, and their services are also free.
Plan B (emergency contraceptive) can prevent a pregnancy up to 72 hours after intercourse. If you are 17 or over you can purchase Plan B without a prescription from a pharmacy. If you are under 17, you will need to get a prescription from a doctor.
Sexual assault is a crime in the state of Illinois. Victims have the right to press charges if they
choose to do so.
Crimes that are reported to the police will be handled in a confidential manner, with information released on a need-to-know basis within the campus community and in accordance with local, state, and federal laws and university policies. University administrators will be sensitive and responsive to the potential for reprisal directed at employees or students who report threats or acts of violence.
The University recognizes that a student victim may be reluctant to disclose a sexual assault because of her/his use or possession of alcohol or drugs related to that incident of sexual misconduct. To encourage reporting, the university will not pursue disciplinary actions for alcohol/drug violations against a student making a good faith report of sexual misconduct. The university may utilize educational responses as appropriate through the Office of the Dean of Students.
You can reach the UIC Police at: (312) 355-5555 (their emergency line) and (312) 996-2830 (non- emergency). You can also go in-person to the UIC police station located at: 943 W. Maxwell St.
If you are interested in pressing charges, you can help preserve evidence by going to the Emergency Room and requesting an Evidence Collection Kit. Before you go, you can call the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline (1-888-293-2080) for information about which hospitals have advocates specifically trained to work with survivors of sexual assault.
In order for this kit to be most effective, follow these guidelines:
Avoid taking a shower, bathing or cleaning up (this includes brushing your teeth or washing your hands). Evidence can be easily washed away.
Avoid using the toilet. This is especially important if you suspect that you were given a drug to incapacitate you.
Avoid changing your clothes. Evidence such as the offenders’ hair or other bodily evidence could be on your clothing.
If you do change clothes, put all the clothing you were wearing at the time of the attack in a paper, not plastic, bag. Bring that bag to the hospital with you.
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