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When someone forces you to have sex that is rape— even if you know the person. The offender could be a friend, classmate, relative, co-worker, someone you just met at a party or bar that night. Sexual assault is against the law and a violation of the University Code of Conduct.
Sexual assault 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 life experience, the kind of force used, the relationship of the offender to the victim, etc. Most survivors experience levels of fear, anger, self-blame, depression and anxiety that can be exhibited both emotionally and physically. Difficulty sleeping and concentrating, social withdrawal, nightmares, flashbacks, emotional numbing are all common reactions to sexual assault.
At a time when you may want to help most; you might be dealing with a crisis of your own.
Your support at a time like this can be extremely helpful to a victim of sexual assault. Here are some guidelines to help you through this time: Believe. Do not blame them. It is very common for the victim of a sexual assault to blame themselves. The blame for rape rests squarely and only with the assailant.
There is no way of knowing what would have happened if the victim had acted differently. Often victims feared that they would not survive the assault. This fear does not go away when the rapist does.
This fear is real. There may be strong feelings. Being supportive is an attitude of acceptance of all feelings, an atmosphere of warmth and safety. Tolerate their needs; be there for them. Let them know you want to listen. It does not matter so much what you say, but more how you listen. They did the very best they knew how in a threatening situation. Give her credit. Take it seriously. Pay attention. Sexual assault can be a shattering experience which a victim does not get over in a hurry or alone. Recovery is a process of acceptance and healing which takes time. One of the most upsetting losses experienced by rape victims is the loss of independence and solitude.
For a while, many victims feel frightened and vulnerable about being alone.
This will pass with time. Meanwhile, be good company. Let the victim make their own decisions. Help them explore all the options. It is essential to respect privacy and confidentiality. Let them decide who knows about the sexual assault. In order to care about your friend, you may need to cope with some difficult emotions of your own. Sexual assault is not provoked nor desired by the victim.
In fact, sexual assault is motivated by the assailant's need for power and control, and a desire to humiliate and degrade the victim. To find a program near you. Student Affairs at Illinois. You are here. Rape and Sexual Assault. What to do if you or a friend has been sexually assaulted or raped. Common Reactions to Sexual Violence. Go to a safe place. Contact a friend or family member you trust to be with you. Support Services and Advocacy. Contact the Center Contact their office University of Illinois Counseling Center—provides individual and group therapy to aid in recovering from sexual trauma.
Initial appointments are made on a same-day basis by calling the Counseling Center at Appointments tend to fill up quickly.
Students are encouraged to call early on the day that they would like to meet with a counselor. Reporting what happened : Police University of Illinois —immediate emergency reports can be made For non-emergency situations call University of Illinois Police The University of Illinois Police work closely with other police agencies and student affairs units to ensure students receive comprehensive services when they make the decision to report an incident. Office for Student Conflict Resolution—handles complaints against University of Illinois students related to sexual misconduct.
John Street, Champaign. You can contact them for an appointment to talk with a dean They are open Monday through Friday from a. For more information visit their website www. Civil No Contact Order—a court order that requires the offender to stay away from the victim. You can get it on your own by going to the Champaign Co.
Court House and ask the Circuit Clerk for assistance with the forms. For more information about the CNCO see brochure. Making sure you are healthy : McKinley Health Center—provides medical services for injuries, STI and pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, crisis intervention, emotional support, referrals for additional help and follow-up care. Call Carle Foundation Hospital—provides emergency care and evidence collection following sexual assault. Presence Covenant Medical Center—provides emergency care and evidence collection following sexual assault.
Keeping up with classes : Student Assistance Center—Walk-in assistance; counseling, advocacy and referral services; assistance with complaints, class absences, and withdrawals; report acts of intolerance. The Student Assistance Center offers hour support to students.
Professional staff, Intake Deans, are available to assist students Monday-Friday a. John Street, CH. After 5 p. For medical, mental health or life threatening emergencies, please call Let them talk; do not interrupt.
Find time to focus on the victim. You may feel nervous about stalls and silences. Blaming questions such as, "Why didn't you scream? Instead, you might say, "It's difficult to scream when you are frightened" or "Going someplace unfamiliar is risky, but you were not asking to be assaulted.Woman want real sex Allerton Illinois
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