The University also strongly encourages all individuals who feel they have been victims of sexual misconduct or interpersonal violence to seek immediate assistance, preferably within the first 12 hours post assault, from a medical provider for emergency services, including treatment for injuries, preventative treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and other health services. Medical treatment can also be crucial to preserving evidence in the event of a criminal investigation. Seeking medical attention helps preserve the full range of options, including the options of working through the University’s Investigation and Resolution Procedures and/or filing criminal complaints. Medical personnel may be covered by federal and/or state privacy laws, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). Under Illinois law, medical personnel are required to alert police when it reasonably appears that the individual requesting the treatment has received an injury sustained as a victim of a criminal offense, including sexual violence. However, it is the individual’s choice whether he or she wants to speak to the police.
Our local emergency rooms have trained health care professionals on staff, including Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, experienced in assessment, evidence collection and treatment of victims of sexual assault. While victims will be referred to our local emergency rooms for medical attention, our Wellness Center on the Aurora campus can provide additional information and support to victims on how to seek further medical attention and what to expect at the visit.
Medical Services may be obtained at:
Presence Mercy Medical Center (24/7, ER assistance)
1325 N. Highland Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506
Rush-Copley Medical Center (24/7, ER assistance)
2000 Ogden Ave.
Aurora, IL 60504
1 Doty Rd.
Woodstock, IL 60098
Mercy Walworth Hospital
N2950 State Road 67
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
For further support and advocacy, individuals may contact Mutual Ground (630-897-8383), the local sexual assault/domestic violence crisis center in Aurora. Professionals from Mutual Ground provide free, 24-hour crisis intervention which includes support for victims at the hospital emergency room, information about medical exams and evidence collection, as well as individual counseling and support groups.