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If you are in an emergency situation, dial 911 for local, non-college law enforcement and medical assistance. You may also dial the College’s Public Safety Department at 847.735.5555 (on-campus at 5555) to connect you to the local police.
It is advisable that you seek medical attention as soon as possible for STI exposure, pregnancy risk assessment and/or to collect medical evidence to assist in criminal prosecution if applicable. The sooner medical evidence is collected, the more reliable the evidence will be in the event that you decide to report the assault to the police. To best preserve medical evidence, consider not bathing, douching, changing your clothes, brushing your teeth or going to the bathroom. Forensic medical exams for victims of sexual assault can be conducted free of charge through the State of Illinois. Medical assistance is available at:
- Advocate Condell Medical Center Emergency Room, 639 S. Stewart Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048; 847-990-5300. Employs specially trained SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurses to assist victims, collect potentially critical physical evidence and conduct STI exposure and pregnancy risk assessment.
- Highland Park Hospital Emergency Room, 777 Park Ave West, Highland Park, IL 60035; 847-432-8000. Employs specially trained SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurses to assist victims, collect potentially critical physical evidence and conduct STI exposure and pregnancy risk assessment.
- Lake Forest Hospital Emergency Room, 660 N. Westmoreland Rd., Lake Forest, IL 60045; 847-535-6150. Can conduct STI exposure and pregnancy risk assessment.
- Lake Forest College Health and Wellness Center, Buchanan Hall, 847-735-5050. Can conduct STI exposure and pregnancy risk assessment.
Please note that if you go to the hospital, the police will be called, but you are not obligated to talk to the police or to pursue prosecution. A medical exam or the collection of evidence will not obligate you to any course of action but can assist the authorities in pursuing criminal charges should you decide to do so, now or at a later date. Obtaining medical care will not require you to file a formal report with local law enforcement or the College.
Even if you have not been physically hurt, a timely medical examination is recommended so that physical evidence can be collected and preserved. Physical evidence may be necessary to prosecute the offender and helpful in obtaining an Order of Protection through the criminal or civil legal system. To best preserve evidence, it is suggested that you do not shower, bathe, douche, smoke, or change clothes or bedding before seeking medical attention, and that medical attention be sought as soon as possible. If you do change clothes, you may bring them unwashed to the hospital or medical facility in a paper bag.
Under Illinois law, forensic medical examinations (i.e., evidence collection) sought subsequent to instances of sexual violence that are not covered by insurance are free of charge to the patient.
You should also save relevant text messages, instant messages, social networking pages, and any other digital information about the incident.
Many different confidential psychological or emotional support options are available on campus and in the community. Because the following resources offer confidential therapeutic and support services, consulting them will NOT result in a report to the College’s Title IX Coordinator or local law enforcement.
- Lake Forest Counseling Center: 847-735-5240 (after hours: 224-501-1621).
- Employee EAP, United Healthcare: 1-888-887-4114 (for employees only).
The College’s Counseling Center provides confidential counseling and trained advocates to provide you with information regarding the resources and options available to you. In addition to talking though your options, advocates are available to accompany you to the hospital, the police station or campus meetings with the Title IX Coordinator or other administrators.
- Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in Gurnee: 847-872-7799.
- Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 888-293-2080.
- National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673).
- State of Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline: 877-863-6338.
- Center on Halsted LGBTQ Violence Resource Line: 773-871-CARE (2273).
All of the above resources employ professionals specifically trained to work with individuals who report sexual misconduct, and have knowledge about on-and/or off-campus resources, services, and options. Please note that limitations of confidentiality may exist for individuals under the age of 18.
Interim Measures to Help with Daily Campus Life
Interim measure may be implemented by the College to help provide a more stable and safe environment for you during the process of reporting, investigation and adjudication. Interim protective measures can be requested at any time, regardless of whether you seek formal or other resolution of a sexual misconduct complaint. The following are examples of interim resources available:
- Alteration of housing assignments;
- Modification of work arrangements and/or scheduling;
- Modification of dining arrangements or schedules;
- Campus escorts and/or changes to campus transportation arrangements;
- Issuance of “No Contact Orders” between the parties; and/or
- Academic programming or scheduling adjustments.
Contact the Title IX Coordinator for more information.
Orders of Protection
In Illinois, courts may issue Domestic Violence Order of Protections, Civil No Contact Orders and/or a Stalking No Contact Orders to restrict alleged perpetrators from further contact with their victims. Additional information regarding these orders may be obtained by calling the Lake County Sherriff’s “A Safe Place” division at 847-360-6471, or on online here.
Contact the Title IX Coordinator if you would like assistance with this process.