I Don't Know What to Do
What to Do if You Have Experienced Sexual Misconduct
If you have experienced sexual misconduct or think you may have experienced it, help is available. It is not your fault, and there are resources on campus and in the community to provide support and help you heal. You also have options for reporting the incident. You are not alone, and we at Illinois care.
Immediate Medical Concerns
If you are concerned about safety or need medical attention, call 911 or go to a local medical facility:
1109 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana
- Acute Care Hours:
8:00 am–5:30 pm, Monday–Friday
8:00 am–4:30 pm, Saturday
- Dial-a-Nurse Services:
available 24 hours/7 days a week
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24 hours/7 days a week
1400 W. Park St., Urbana
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You can make a report to the police while at a medical facility as well.
If there are no safety risks or serious injuries, go to a safe place and contact a friend or family member you trust to stay with you.
Common Responses to Sexual Misconduct
Sexual misconduct of any kind can result in a host of reactions—some are immediate, some can be long term. The variety of reactions may depend on the survivor's previous life experience, the kind of force used, the relationship of the offender to the survivor, among other factors. Most survivors experience levels of fear, anger, self-blame, depression, and anxiety that can be exhibited emotionally, physically, and even socially. Difficulty sleeping and concentrating, social withdrawal, nightmares, flashbacks, and emotional numbing are all common reactions to sexual misconduct. These reactions are all normal, and you are not alone in experiencing them.
Steps to Consider
You might want to consider the following options as you decide how to proceed.
It is important to preserve physical evidence of an assault even if you do not yet know whether you want to report the assault or pursue filing a complaint. Evidence is best collected as soon as possible or at least within 96 hours of the incident. Consider waiting to shower or bathe to avoid washing away important physical evidence. You can also preserve evidence by saving text messages, instant messages, and other communications that may be useful to investigators.
Seeking Medical Attention As Soon As Possible
If you go to an emergency department, the trained professionals can collect necessary physical evidence. Even if you do not opt for forensic evidence collection, health care professionals can treat injuries and take steps to address concerns of pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted diseases/infections.
Reporting the Sexual Misconduct
Although Illinois strongly encourages all members of the community to immediately report sexual misconduct to law enforcement and to the University, you have a choice whether to make such a report, and you can decline to involve the police. Refer to I Want to Report an Incident for more information.
Seeking Other Assistance and Support
Resources & Support
- Counseling Center
- McKinley Health Center
- Women's Resources Center (Confidential Advisors)
- Rape Advocacy Counseling & Education Services (R.A.C.E.S.)
- Courage Connection (Domestic Violence)
- Champaign, Urbana, or University Police Departments
(217) 333-8911 (Non-Emergency)
- Office for Access & Equity
- Student Assistance Center
(Office of the Dean of Students)
- Office for Student Conflict Resolution