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Get Help

There are a variety of resources available to victims of any form of violence.

Medical Assistance

The University encourages victims of any form of violence to seek medical attention as soon as possible. It is important to receive medical attention, whether or not you plan to report the crime to police or file a campus complaint. All services for sexual assault victims are provided free of cost at emergency rooms in Illinois. These services include options for an examination, collection of evidence, test for STDs and needed medical care. Any and all of these services may be accepted or refused by the victim. Christ Hospital and Little Company of Mary Hospital are both close to campus. The contact information and locations are listed below.

A victim may choose to have a medical examination at the Saint Xavier University Health Center if a police report is not filed. This exam would not collect evidence, but would examine the victim for any health risks or injuries that may have been encountered during the sexual assault.

Local Hospitals

Advocate Christ Hospital
4440 95th St
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: 708-684-8000

Little Company of Mary
2800 95th St
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Phone: 708-422-6200

MetroSouth Medical Center
12935 Gregory St
Blue Island, IL 60406
Phone: 708-597-2000

Palos Community Hospital
12251 S 80th Ave
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Phone: 708-923-4000

Preservation of Evidence

The preservation of evidence in incidents of sexual assault is critical to potential criminal prosecution and to obtaining restraining orders, and particularly time-sensitive. The Recipient will inform the Complainant of the importance of preserving evidence by taking the following actions:

  1. Seek forensic medical assistance at the [specify] hospital, ideally within 120 hours of the incident (sooner is better)
  2. Avoid showering, bathing, washing hands or face, or douching, if possible, but evidence may still be collected even if you do.
  3. Try not to urinate.
  4. If oral sexual contact took place, refrain from smoking, eating, drinking, or brushing teeth.
  5. If clothes are changed, place soiled clothes in a paper bag (plastic destroys evidence) or secure evidence container.
  6. Seeking medical treatment can be essential even if it is not for the purposes of collecting forensic evidence.

During the initial meeting between the Complainant and the Title IX Coordinator, the importance of taking these actions will be reiterated, if timely.

Report

Members of the University community who believe they have experienced sexual misconduct have the right to choose whether or not to report the incident to law enforcement and/or pursue a sexual misconduct complaint with the University.

On Campus

On-campus, immediate assistance is available to you 24/7 from SXU Public Safety. If you don't want to make a police report with Public Safety, you can call 773-298-4400 and request that the Public Safety Dispatch contact the Student Affairs Professional on-call. A professional staff member will return your call.

Off Campus

Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Chicago Police Department -- 22nd District
1900 W Monterey Ave,
Chicago, IL 60643
Phone: 312-745-0570

Oak Lawn Police Department
9446 Raymond Ave
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: 708-422-8292

Evergreen Park Police Department
9420 S Kedzie
Evergreen Park IL 60805
Phone: 708-422-2144

Oak Lawn Police Department
9446 Raymond Ave
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: 708-422-8292

Support

If you need emotional support or guidance, you may choose to speak with one of the confidential resources. Confidential resources can provide survivors with information about support services and their options. Because of the confidential nature of these resources, disclosing information to or seeking advice from a confidential resource does not constitute a report or complaint to the University.

The resources below include staff trained in handling personal student information and providing appropriate services to students or to refer when necessary. These staff members are required to share information with the Dean of Students or Title IX Coordinator. Additionally, all faculty and most staff members are required to notify the dean of Students or Title IX Coordinator when a student shares information about an incident.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry offers spiritual support, comfort and guidance during crisis and all throughout the school year.

Mercy Ministry Center
773-298-3900
campuministry@sxu.edu

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students Office can assist students in knowing their full range of options for response to an incident, assist with interim measures such as a housing or course change, provide no-contact directives, and protect against retaliation. This office manages all formal investigations of student misconduct.

Warde Academic Center, L-103
773-341-5060
deanofstudents@sxu.edu

After hours, please contact Public Safety dispatch at 773-298-4400 and ask to speak to the Student Affairs Professional on call.

Online reporting: Reports can be made electronically online.*

Public Safety

Public Safety assists in keeping students safe on campus and helps students file complaints with local law enforcement agencies.

Campus Services Center
773-298-3950
publicsafety@sxu.edu

Other Resources

Pillars Community Health (confidential advisor)

Trained and sensitive counselors and advocates are available on the phone and in person to help the victim through the process and, at the victim's request, will accompany them to the hospital, police station, or Public Safety office. All contact with Pillars is confidential.

State of Illinois Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline

  • Phone: 877-863-6338

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline

RAINN offers confidential, anonymous assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days/week. RAINN also offers assistance to men on their website.

  • Phone: 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
  • Website

National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH)

The National Domestic Violence Hotline can provide advocacy, resources, referral, and legal assistance to victims of relationship violence. The hotline is under no obligation to notify the University when providing services to students. The link to the hotline is: http://www.thehotline.org/. NDVH provides support as well to the LGBTQ community for more information visit their website.

  • Phone: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
  • TTY: 1-800-787-3224
  • Website

 

1 in 6.org provides support to men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood. Learn more about 1 in 6.or by visiting their website.

Arab American Family Services

AAFS is a non-profit organization that provides services and resources to sexual assault victims in the Arab/Muslim Community.

  • Phone: 708-599-2237
  • 9044 S. Octavia Ave.
    Bridgeview, IL 60455

FORGE

FORGE -- Improving the lives of transgender and SOFFA individuals since 1994, building strong connections, providing resources, and empowering personal growth for Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

LIFEWIRE

LifeWire is on a mission to end domestic violence and create a world where every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive.

  • Phone: 1-800-827-8840 or 425-746-1940 (24/7 crisis lines)
  • Website

Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad

Visit the Sexual Assault Support and Help for Americans Abroad website for more information.

National Dating Abuse Hotline

  • Phone: 1-866-331-9474
  • TTY: 1-866-331-8453 (TTY)
  • Website