Sexual assault on college and university campuses is a reality. The majority of assaults are what is termed date and acquaintance rapes. These rapes, which are usually perpetrated against women by men, occur at the hands of acquaintances, friends, dating situations, or in established and involved relationships.
Remember, rape is a crime. There is never an excuse for using force, intimidation, or drugs/alcohol to submit someone into performing sexual acts of any kind. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, help is available.
If you are an ISU student and are involved in an emergency call:
Campus resources for students can be found through ISU’s Sexual Assault and Prevention Survivor Services and Student Counseling Services. Another Bloomington/Normal community resource exists through the YWCA - Stepping Stones program at (309) 556-7000.
If you are a student, but are away from campus, or are not an Illinois State University student, you can find help through:
The hurt, anger, and fear that follow a rape can significantly affect many aspects of your life. Reaching out and talking with someone is good first step and can help you deal with the range of feelings you are having.