Talk to someone you trust. There are people on campus and in the community who are trained to help you cope with the experience of sexual misconduct and consider your options.
Counselors and medical personnel at the Knox College Health and Counseling Center can provide emotional and medical support in a safe and confidential space. They may not share your information without your expressed consent unless there is an imminent danger to you or to others or as otherwise required by law. They can also help you think through you options for filing a formal report.
A Victim Services Advocate from Western Illinois Regional Council (WIRC) Victim Services, a community action agency, can be reached through a 24-hour crisis line. The Advocate can meet a survivor victim at the hospital to serve as a no cost personal link between the hospital, local law enforcement, and their legal advocacy staff. This person can help a victim survivor understand the choices and rights afforded to them during the medical examination and beyond, as both a medical and legal advocate. These services are free to the victim survivor.
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) has trained volunteers on duty and available to help survivor victims at crisis centers across the country. These services are offered at no charge to the victim survivor.
Safe Harbor Family Crisis Center is a non-profit community agency that provides free confidential help to individuals who are experiencing violence in their relationships.
There are many other resources available for information and support on issues ranging from sexual assault to domestic violence and GLBT support. View a list of other resources available.