Lincoln Land Community College (the “College”) shall maintain a learning environment that is free from sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking (hereinafter collectively referred to as “sexual violence”). Sexual violence jeopardizes the physical and emotional welfare of the College’s students, diminishes individual dignity, and interferes with educational, social, and employment opportunities. Sexual violence is, therefore, expressly prohibited. (LLCC Board Policy 1.25).
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“Perhaps most important, we need to keep saying to anyone out there who has ever been assaulted: you are not alone. We have your back. I’ve got your back.” President Barack Obama, January 24, 2014 after creating the White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault.
If you are experiencing any kind or degree of sexual violence, know that you are not alone and that there are many resources available to you when you are ready to reach out for help. It is important to know that it is not your fault. In the drop-down options beneath this section, you will find information on people at LLCC, within our community, and at national organizations that are informed and prepared to help you; however, if you are not yet ready to speak to someone about what has happened, you will also find information, links, and pamphlets below.
In an emergency, always call 911 or your local police department.
LLCC Police Department
If you are nervous about speaking with law enforcement about what happened, view RAINN’s tips on what to expect and understanding the process.
If you were recently assaulted, please seek medical care. If you would like someone who can advocate for you and answer questions you may have through the process of accessing medical care, PCASA (217.753.8081, available 27/7) can provide a medical advocate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. If possible, it is important that you not shower, change clothes, or clean up the scene of the attack. The following hospitals can treat individuals who have experienced sexual assault: ICASA: After Sexual Assault (PDF): This booklet provides information on medical and emotional care, and legal procedures involved in reporting the assault. More information and tips on reporting and the criminal justice system is provided through RAINN. If you are a survivor of an incident of sexual assault in the past, national and local 24-hour hotlines can provide you with important information such as dealing with the emotional trauma, options for reporting and statutes of limitation, and personalized referrals. PCASA- 217.753.8081 Sojourn Shelter & Services 24-Hour Hotline- 217-726-5200 National Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline- 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) The drugs on their own can be extremely harmful, and associated risks become more dangerous when mixed with alcohol. Many “rape drugs” metabolize very quickly; the quicker you seek medical care, the more likely it is that medical professionals can identify which drug was used on you. Accurate identification of the type of drug you ingested will be important in order to treat you correctly, and will be a vital piece of evidence if you decide to file a report and press charges. Call 911 or have a trusted friend take you to the nearest hospital emergency room. Symptoms of being drugged and the length of time you experience them vary by the type of drug used and the amount ingested, but typical symptoms of the most commonly used date rape drugs include: Ask the hospital to take a urine (pee) sample that can be used to test for drugs that you didn’t purposely ingest. Some drugs leave your system quickly. Rohypnol stays in the body for several hours, and can be detected in the urine up to 72 hours after ingestion. GHB leaves the body in 12 hours. Don’t urinate before going to the hospital. If you must urinate, do so in a cup or bottle-this can still be tested; however, it cannot be used as evidence. It is best to call the police from the hospital. Tell the police exactly what you remember. Be honest about all your activities. Remember, nothing you did — including drinking alcohol or doing drugs — can justify rape.
Sexual assault is never your fault. Engaging in sexual activity without consent or by use of physical force, coercion or threat is considered assault. Sexual contact without consent can be prosecuted even if you have had intimate contact with your attacker previously, you know your attacker, you did not fight back, or you were drunk or unconscious.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It can happen to couples who are dating, living together, share children, or are married. Regardless of your situation, it is not your fault. Domestic violence can look different from abuser to abuser. It is not always easy to recognize what are experiencing as domestic violence; more information on the signs of intimate partner abuse can be found to the left under “What is Sexual Violence?”. If you are being abused, it is important to do what you feel keeps you safe. In the “Resources” section below, you will find information for multiple agencies that can help you. Locally, Sojourn Shelter & Services can provide assistance and tips on how to make “safety plans” for a wide range of situations (during an explosive event, when planning to leave, etc.). Experts also highly recommend using an incident log to keep track of dates and times, witnesses, and details on any police contact during individual situations. Call national or local domestic violence hotlines for help with an incident log, safety plan, or for more resources, assistance, and personalized support.
Stalking is frequently misunderstood, but can be described in general terms as a series of actions that make you feel afraid or in danger. This includes both physical actions and those executed online. Stalking is unpredictable. It can slowly escalate, or it can suddenly become extremely dangerous. As a victim of stalking, you may feel afraid, overwhelmed, anxious, and feel as though you cannot trust anyone. It is important that you know that it is not your fault. Experts can help you understand the legal system in connection to stalking, find ways to help you feel safe again, and provide assistance with creating an incident log. If you fear you are being stalked, it is important to contact law enforcement immediately. Because no two incidents of stalking are identical, it is impossible to predict what a stalker will do. However, there are a few things you can do to help keep you safe. Explore these resources for more information:
If you believe your drink has been spiked or someone has given you drugs without your consent, get medical care right away. Being drugged can be both physically and emotionally traumatic, whether you believe you’ve been assaulted while under the influence of the drugs or not.
If you were recently assaulted, please seek medical care. If you would like someone who can advocate for you and answer questions you may have through the process of accessing medical care, PCASA (217.753.8081, available 27/7) can provide a medical advocate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. If possible, it is important that you not shower, change clothes, or clean up the scene of the attack. The following hospitals can treat individuals who have experienced sexual assault:
ICASA: After Sexual Assault (PDF): This booklet provides information on medical and emotional care, and legal procedures involved in reporting the assault. More information and tips on reporting and the criminal justice system is provided through RAINN.
If you are a survivor of an incident of sexual assault in the past, national and local 24-hour hotlines can provide you with important information such as dealing with the emotional trauma, options for reporting and statutes of limitation, and personalized referrals.
Sojourn Shelter & Services 24-Hour Hotline- 217-726-5200
National Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline- 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
The drugs on their own can be extremely harmful, and associated risks become more dangerous when mixed with alcohol. Many “rape drugs” metabolize very quickly; the quicker you seek medical care, the more likely it is that medical professionals can identify which drug was used on you. Accurate identification of the type of drug you ingested will be important in order to treat you correctly, and will be a vital piece of evidence if you decide to file a report and press charges. Call 911 or have a trusted friend take you to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Symptoms of being drugged and the length of time you experience them vary by the type of drug used and the amount ingested, but typical symptoms of the most commonly used date rape drugs include:
Ask the hospital to take a urine (pee) sample that can be used to test for drugs that you didn’t purposely ingest. Some drugs leave your system quickly. Rohypnol stays in the body for several hours, and can be detected in the urine up to 72 hours after ingestion. GHB leaves the body in 12 hours. Don’t urinate before going to the hospital. If you must urinate, do so in a cup or bottle-this can still be tested; however, it cannot be used as evidence. It is best to call the police from the hospital. Tell the police exactly what you remember. Be honest about all your activities. Remember, nothing you did — including drinking alcohol or doing drugs — can justify rape.
In order to provide survivors of sexual violence with the opportunity to privately confide in a trained and credentialed professional in a safe environment, LLCC has designated the below contacts as confidential advisors. Discussions between a confidential advisor and a survivor pertaining to incidents of sexual violence will remain confidential unless the survivor provides written consent or the report falls within certain exceptions. Prior to the survivor discussing details of the event, our confidential advisors will inform survivors about any exceptions or laws that would require them to disclose the report. LLCC highly encourages survivors, loved ones of survivors, and witnesses of sexual violence to contact our confidential advisors to discuss their safety, well-being, and/or options.
Confidential Advisor Contact Information
Student Development Professional
Advising, Counseling, & Career Services- Menard Hall
Student Development Professional
Advising, Counseling, & Career Services- Menard Hall
Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the U.S. Department of Education’s implementing regulations, Lincoln Land Community College’s Title IX Coordinators have primary responsibility for coordinating the College’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in all the operations of Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC), as well as retaliation for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX.
Sexual misconduct against students, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape and sexual exploitation, can be a form of sex discrimination under Title IX. The Title IX Coordinators oversee LLCC’s response to reports and complaints that involve possible sex discrimination to monitor outcomes, identify and address any patterns, and assess effects on the campus climate, so LLCC can address issues that affect the wider college community. Any reports of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct, made to a Title IX Coordinator will be investigated.
A student should contact a Title IX Coordinator in order to:
- Seek information or training about students’ rights and courses of action available to resolve reports or complaints that involve potential sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct;
- File a complaint or make a report of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct;
- Notify LLCC of an incident or policy or procedure that may raise potential Title IX concerns;
- Get information about available resources (including confidential resources) and support services relating to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct; and
- Ask questions about LLCC’s policies and procedures related to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.
Title IX Compliance Contact Information
Compliance & Prevention Coordinator
Title IX Coordinator
Menard Hall, Room 1145
Role of Responsible Employees
Any employee at Lincoln Land Community College is deemed a Responsible Employee under Title IX if:
- The employee has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence and similar misconduct;
- The employee has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate College designee; OR
- The employee is someone whom a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
Responsible employees have the obligation to report incidents of sexual violence and similar misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. They are not Confidential Advisors and cannot take a confidential report. A Responsible Employee must report all relevant details about the alleged sexual violence reported to him/her. The employee does not have a responsibility to determine that sexual violence and similar misconduct occurred or created a hostile environment before reporting the incident to the Title IX Coordinator.
Responsible Employees included, but are not limited to, faculty and administrators at Lincoln Land Community College.
Role of Campus Security Authority
Lincoln Land Community College employees who are deemed a Campus Security Authority (CSA) include:
- The Lincoln Land Community College Police Department;
- Any individual or individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who are not a member of the LLCC Police Department;
- Any individual or organization specified in any College policies to which students and employees are directed to report criminal offenses; OR
- Any official who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities.
The function of a CSA is to report to the LLCC Chief of Police or a designee those allegations of Clery Act crimes that are reported to a CSA. CSAs are not responsible for investigating or reporting incidents that they overhear students talking about in a hallway conversation; that a classmate or student mentions during an in-class discussion; that a victim mentions during a speech, workshop, or any other form of group presentation; or that the CSA otherwise learns about in an indirect manner. CSAs are not responsible for determining whether a crime took place or trying to apprehend the alleged perpetrator of any crimes they may witness. That is the responsibility of law enforcement personnel. It is also not a CSA’s responsibility to try and convince a victim to contact law enforcement if the victim chooses not to do so.
Role of Mandated Reporters
A Mandated Reporter is required to report or cause a report to be made to the child abuse Hotline number (1-800-25A-BUSE) whenever he or she has a reasonable cause to believe that a child known by the employee in his/her professional or official College capacity may be abused or neglected. All employees of Lincoln Land Community College are Mandated Reporters.
Advising, Counseling, and Career Services
Free counseling, information on your rights, and referrals to various resources are available through LLCC’s Advising, Counseling, and Career Services Office. Understanding that sexual violence effects all genders, LLCC makes both male and female counselors available to ensure students are comfortable with their counselor. Counseling is highly encouraged for all survivors, loved ones of survivors, and witnesses of sexual or domestic violence. Our credentialed counselors are available on a walk-in or appointment basis and can allow those effected by sexual violence to process their trauma. To see a counselor on a walk-in basis, simply come to the Advising, Counseling, and Career Services Office and indicate that you wish to see a counselor at the front desk.
Location: MN 1133, Menard Hall, Student Services Hallway (through the double doors across from the offices of Admissions & Registration)
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM*
*Please note that LLCC is closed on Fridays during the summer term.
Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault (PCASA)
The Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault provides free services for individuals and families effected by sexual violence regardless of race, gender, language, ability, sexual orientation, or religion. Services provided include: crisis intervention, medical and legal advocacy, counseling for survivors of all ages (adults and children), prevention education programs, and advice on what to do if you are assaulted.
A 24-hour hotline is maintained by trained staff and volunteers of PCASA. Get information and help dealing with recent or past incidents of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, incest, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, victim’s rights, emotional reactions, and the legal system. Can also refer to community resources to meet your needs. Call the hotline for: crisis situations, information about services, questions about sexual assault/abuse.
Hotline Number: 217.753.8081
PCASA Locations & Phone Numbers
3 West Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, Illinois 62701
2001 West Lafayette
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650
Sojourn Shelter and Services
Sojourn Shelter and Services focuses on providing services for those effected by domestic violence. Services provided include: emergency shelters, individual counseling, educational group services, children’s programs, court advocacy, and on-call advocates. Sojourn Shelter and Services also provides a wide range of educational information on avoiding unhealthy relationships, dating violence, domestic violence, and how to be a friend tot a victim of intimate partner abuse. Additionally, Sojourn provides information and resources for making a safety plan. All services are free and confidential.
24-Hour Hotline Number: 217-726-5200, or toll-free at 1-866-HELP4DV (435-7438)
Sojourn Shelter and Services Location
1800 Westchester Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62704
Office Phone Number: 217.726.5200
Illinois Organizations and Coalitions
Center on Halsted – Located in Chicago, Illinois, this center provides a range of services for LGBTQA individuals, including health care, STD testing, counseling, social programs, legal services, and housing. 24-Hour Hotline: 773.871.2273
Illinois Coalition against Domestic Violence – Find crisis centers near you, learn about domestic violence, explore economic empowerment materials, and more.
Illinois Coalition against Sexual Assault – Find crisis centers near you, educate yourself on statistics and facts, read related publications, explore legal issues and more. Help Line: 877.863.6338
General Sexual Violence Resources
Not Alone – An online resource that provides resources for students and schools, including data, a crisis center locator, links to resources, and information on your rights.
The Joyful Heart Foundation – A national organization dedicated to healing, educating, and empowering survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.
Culture of Respect – Culture of Respect is a nonprofit organization strengthening sexual assault prevention efforts on college campuses.
MaleSurvivor – An organization providing critical resources to male survivors of sexual trauma and all their partners in recovery by building communities of Hope, Healing, & Support.
National Center for Victims of Crime – This center advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a source of information on victims’ issues.
National Alliance to End Sexual Violence – This center designs, provides, and customizes training and consultation, influences policy, promotes collaboration and enhances diversity with the goal of ending domestic and sexual violence.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center – This center is a national information and resource hub relating to all aspects of sexual violence.
Sexual Assault Resources
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) – A national advocacy organization that operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Resources, facts, and more are also available at their website.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center – Find resources, explore the latest findings related to sexual violence, get involved with initiatives, and more.
Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence Resources
National Domestic Violence Hotline – Is this abuse? How do I get help? How do I get involved? Find these answers and more on the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s website.
National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) – This national social change organization is dedicated to creating a social, political and economic environment in which violence against women no longer exists.
Love Is Respect – This resource focuses on empowering youth to prevent and end dating abuse. Find information, materials, and more on their website, or contact them by calling, texting, or chatting online.
Text: loveis to 22522
Sexual Violence and Health Resources
The Office on Women’s Health – This webpage includes information on: what rape and sexual assault are; health effects; how to get help; how to stay safe; and where to find more information.
CDC Division of Violence Prevention – The CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention provides definitions, data sources, suggested prevention programming, and health information in relation to sexual violence.
Stalking Resource Center – Here, you will find information, training, and help for victims of stalking. Incident logs and “Stalking: A Handbook for Victims” are important resources for victims to access at this site.
Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women – The DOJ updates their website with help, tips, and information on stalking.
A person who believes he or she has been subjected to, witnessed or has knowledge of gender-based or sexual misconduct has the right to report or not report a violation of the comprehensive policy to Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) and/or the police. Those effected by sexual violence in any manner are encouraged to review LLCC’s Survivor Rights and Options to familiarize themselves with the options and protections they are entitled to and determine the best course of action for their situation.
If you would like to speak with someone at LLCC about an incident of sexual violence, harassment, and/or misconduct, please click on “Talk to Someone at LLCC” above to learn about our confidential and non-confidential options.
LLCC embraces a community approach to ending sexual violence on our campus and district. The Sexual Assault & Violence Education (SAVE) Task Force was established in 2015 to provide programming and education on the topic of gender-based violence with the goal of informing the LLCC community about issues such as consent, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. SAVE aims to:
- reduce stigma
- inspire activism
- connect LLCC with community resources
SAVE provides a platform where students, staff, and faculty can learn about safe bystander intervention strategies, recognize and explore the aspects of our society that perpetuate gender-based violence, learn to recognize the warning signs of unhealthy relationships, and become informed about what to do in the event of a gender-based crime. Learn more about SAVE Task Force and how you can help end sexual violence by exploring our Take Action section.