Resources

For Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking

Individuals have many options with regard to reporting sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, including reporting to the Chicago Police Department, and to TTIC authorities. Additionally, victims have recourse through the civil and criminal court systems by seeking orders of protection, no-contact directives, and other similar court orders. TTIC can also assist victims by making accommodations, such as class schedule changes, work reassignments and other changes. Victims also have the option to decline to notify authorities.

Confidential Counseling and Advising

All confidential resources listed below provide 24-hour (7 days/week) crisis counseling and information regarding sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. Survivors and friends of survivors can call. These resources can also provide information on local hospitals, such as what hospitals will have a victim advocate or SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) available.

Rape Victim Advocates

TTIC has partnered with Rape Victim Advocates to provide TTIC students with 24/7 access to a Confidential Advisor who can provide victims with information on both TTIC- and community-based resources and immediate referrals. It also provides long-term information on the rights of victims and TTIC’s responsibilities regarding interim and long-term accommodations, orders of protection, no-contact orders, and other similar court orders. RVA also provides medical and legal advocacy, and counseling services (individual and group). Services are free for survivors or friends/partners of survivors.

For 24-hour assistance, call (773) 907-1062

The following hotlines provide general services to Chicago metro residents, and are not affiliated with TTIC:

Chicago Metro Rape Crisis Hotline (888) 293-2080 Immediate and long-term referrals, information, and counseling

LGBTQ Anti-Violence Project Hotline at the Center on Halsted (773) 871-2273 Information, counseling, and referrals

Mayor’s Office for Domestic Violence (877) 863-6338 Information and referrals

Medical Assistance

The fastest way to access medical assistance is to call 9-1-1. (From a TTIC phone, dial 9-9-1-1.)

The closest medical facility to TTIC is: University of Chicago Medicine’s Mitchell Emergency Room (773) 702- 6250 901 East 58th St. (24-hours)

The Mitchell Emergency Room follows specific policies and procedures, approved by the State, in treating an individual who has been sexually assaulted. The State will pay for emergency room care for victims who have been sexually assaulted and do not have health insurance; if a victim provides health insurance information to the emergency room, the emergency room will bill the insurance company and the policy holder will be notified as usual. The victim is placed in a private room.

Under Illinois law, medical personnel are required to alert police when it reasonably appears that the person requesting treatment has sustained an injury as a victim of a criminal offense, including sexual assault or violence, but individuals have the right to refuse to speak to police.

Law Enforcement Assistance

University of Chicago Police Department

(773) 702-8181 or 1-2-3 from a campus phone (24-hours)

The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) urges anyone who has been sexually assaulted to call immediately in order to strengthen the likelihood of successful prosecution. A UCPD officer can be summoned by calling 773.702.8181, pressing the red button on any of the emergency phones located throughout the community, or going directly to the UCPD office at 6054 South Drexel Avenue.

The UCPD recommends the prompt reporting of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Nevertheless, individuals should not be reluctant to file a report at a later date. Reporting an incident does not obligate a person to press charges.

Responsibilities of the UCPD include:

Chicago Police Department

9-1-1 (24-hours) or 9-9-1-1 from a campus phone

Anyone preferring not to report a matter to the University of Chicago Police Department may contact the Chicago Police Department.

Off-Campus Confidential Resources

Chicago Women’s Health Center (773) 935-6126 http://www.chicagowomenshealthcenter.org Gynecological care and counseling

YWCA Laura Parks and Mildred Francis Center (773) 955-3100 6600 S. Cottage Grove http://www.ywcachicago.org Sexual Violence Counseling, Rape Crisis Hotlines, Education & Training, Medical and Legal

Porchlight Counseling Services (773) 750-7077 http://www.porchlightcounseling.org/ Free counseling for survivors of sexual and/or domestic/dating violence

Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy (312) 408-1210 http://life-span.org/ Advocacy for victims, assistance with orders of protection

Center on Halsted (773) 472-6469 http://www.centeronhalsted.org/ Services for the LGBTQ community

Chicago Bar Association http://www.chicagobar.org/ (312) 554-2000 Legal referrals

Reporting to TTIC

TTIC Compliance Coordinators:

The TTIC official responsible for coordinating compliance with the Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct Policy is Amy Minick, TTIC’s Compliance Coordinator. Chrissy Novak is the Deputy Compliance Coordinator.

Please contact Amy or Chrissy to raise concerns or to file a complaint regarding a faculty member, other academic appointee, a staff member, or student under the Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct Policy, or for general questions regarding this Policy. Victims and third-party bystanders may also file an online complaint; this complaint can be anonymous. A brief description of the reporting and resolution process can be found in Your Rights Under TTIC’s Sexual Violence Policy.