UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Thousands of UI students took a sexual assault survey.
While most said they felt the UI takes sexual misconduct seriously, a third didn’t know how to file a report. Many also didn’t know where to turn for help. There are several sources for help in the area.
One is RACES, in Urbana. The executive director says she’s not surprised so many student didn’t know where to get help. The services are very specific to where one lives.
To take it further, she says, in Illinois, there are a few laws several people don’t know about, but should help those who need to file a report.
She says, in Illinois, if you get medical testing, you have seven days to decide if you want to pursue it.
Law enforcement or counseling services can never force someone to file a report. You can always call RACES for support in deciding how to move forward.
RACES (Rape Advocacy Counseling & Education Services)
(217) 344 – 6298
24-hour crisis line
(217) 384 – 4444
(217) 352 – 7151
Women’s Resources Center
(217) 333 – 3137
UI Counseling Center
(217) 333 – 3704 after 7:50 am
Appointments fill up quickly. Students should call early the day they’d like to meet with a counselor.