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Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence


Counseling Center

Furrow Hall

175 West Knox Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Experiencing a sexual assault or domestic violence is an emotionally and physically vulnerable experience. Survivors may have any number of confusing thoughts and feelings. It is natural to feel guilt or to have doubt about what happened, and speaking to others about it can help provide clarity. If you have been sexually assaulted, refer to Knox's Get Help Now page to explore your options. For full information on Title IX at Knox, visit this page.

If someone you know has experienced sexual assault or domestic violence, lend a supportive ear and encourage them to utilize the resources provided on campus. Janell McGruder is available for confidential advocacy sessions to survivors or those with questions about the Title IX process.

To schedule an advocacy session or a counseling appointment, please contact Counseling Services at 309.341.7492. Students wanting to speak to the Title IX coordinator directly can find more information here.

Coping Tips for Assault and Violence Survivors

  • Stay connected to your support system. Identify people you can trust to validate your feelings and avoid those who you think may hinder your healing process.
  • Maintain control of your media consumption. Social media, movies, shows, books, and the news may have content that is difficult for you to see. Remember you do not have to watch or read anything that is upsetting or uncomfortable.
  • Make a list of safe places where you can go if you experience a flashback, panic attack, or other reaction.
  • Talk about the assault and express your feelings. You can choose when, where, and with whom to talk about the assault, and set limits by only disclosing information that feels safe for you to reveal.
  • Take "time outs." Give yourself permission to take quiet moments to reflect, relax and rejuvenate, especially during times you feel stressed or unsafe.

Hotlines, Online and Local Resources

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, come to Counseling Services during business hours. After business hours call Campus Safety (309.341.7979) or call 9-1-1. Click Crisis Sessions for more information.

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Printed on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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