VII. Information Regarding Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

What to Do if You are the Victim of Sexual Assault

These are important steps to take right away after an assault:

While at the hospital:

Adapted from Womenshealth.gov

Domestic Violence or Dating Violence—Warning Signs and How to Get Help

Domestic Violence or Dating Violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender.

It can happen to couples who are married, living together, or dating. Domestic Violence or Dating Violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

You may be experiencing physical abuse if your partner has done or repeatedly does any of the following tactics of abuse:

If you think someone is abusing you, get help. Abuse can have serious physical and emotional effects. No one has the right to hurt you.

Adapted from Womenshealth.gov

How to Get Help

Adapted from the National Domestic Violence Hotline: thehotline.org

Stalking—Warning Signs and How to Get Help

Stalking is a crime. A stalker can be someone you know well or not at all. Most have dated or been involved with the people they stalk. Most stalking cases involve men stalking women, but men do stalk men, women do stalk women, and women do stalk men. Stalkers may:

How to Get Help if You Are Being Stalked

Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous. No two stalking situations are alike. There are no guarantees that what works for one person will work for another, yet you can take steps to increase your safety.

Adapted from the National Center for Victims of Crime: victimsofcrime.org

Keeping Safe when Traveling Around Campus and the City

What to Do if Someone You Know is at Risk of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, or Stalking

SAIC is a community, and we all have a responsibility to support each other. A “bystander” is someone other than the victim who is present when an act of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, or Stalking is occurring or when a situation is occurring in which a reasonable person feels as though some protective action is required to prevent Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, or Stalking. Bystanders, if active, can prevent harm or intervene before a situation gets worse. Examples of active bystander intervention include:

If you become aware that a member of the SAIC community is the victim of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, or Stalking, contact the Chicago Police Department (911), Campus Security or the Director of Student Outreach. Additional resources are listed in Resources.