Prevention and Education
Alcohol poisoning is a serious and scary situation. Young people die from alcohol poisoning every year. Drug overdose will often display many of the same signs as alcohol poisoning. A person who overdoses on any substance must be taken to a hospital immediately. Every minute is critical to save that person.
Signs of overdose:
- Excessive vomiting - quickly dehydrates the body
- Altered state of consciousness - incoherent, does not know what time it is, or where they are
- Difficulty breathing - too fast or too slow
- Unable to walk or stand up
If a person displays one or more of these signs, call 911. It is important to remember that the number one priority in overdose situations medical help for the person. Do not hesitate to call because of fear of police action or medical costs.
Harassment can take place in many forms. It can occur in person, by telephone, or even over the Internet. Most of the time victims know the offender. The Department of Public Safety takes all incidents of harassment seriously.
It is important to contact the Police Department at the first sign of harassment so that information can be gathered and documented by the responding officer. There may be times when other agencies, such as the telephone company or the State's Attorneys Office will need to be involved. The Police Department is available to refer students to the appropriate agency in all cases of harassment.
In cases where a student feels threatened a court imposed "Order of Protection" may be in order. The Police Department will assist students in gaining an "Order of Protection" when appropriate. If you have any questions, contact the Department of Public Safety at 753-1212.
Being the victim of a sexual assault is extremely traumatizing, but it is important to seek the assistance of police and other professionals as soon as possible. If you, or a friend, are the victim of a sexual assault do the following:
- Contact police as quickly as possible
- Preserve evidence
- Get medical care
Contact police as quickly as possible
Don't hesitate. As soon as you reach a place of safety, call 911. Officers will take a report and arrange for you to go to the hospital for a physical examination.
Even if you are unsure about pursuing criminal charges, if you believe you have been the victim of a sexual assault it is important to call the police. The Department of Public Safety is committed to ensuring that victims of sexual assault receive comprehensive care, regardless of whether or not they wish to press charges. To provide that care, the department works closely with trained professionals at University Health Service, the Student Counseling and Development Center, University Judicial Office, Kishwaukee Community Hospital, and Safe Passage.
In cases of sexual assault, the sooner evidence can be gathered the better. Chances that evidence will be damaged or destroyed increase with each passing hour.
If the assault occurred recently, do not change clothes, eat, drink, shower, or clean up in any way. Your physical condition, the clothing you are wearing and the crime scene should all be preserved without alteration so that they can be documented. Altering or disposing of any of those things may ruin valuable evidence.
If you suspect that your attacker may have used "date rape" drugs to facilitate the sexual assault it is especially important that you seek help immediately. Some of those drugs can leave a victim's system within hours. If you suspect you have been drugged, try to avoid urinating until medical staff can collect a sample. Prosecution may still be possible without such evidence, but having it makes a case much stronger.
Get medical care
The victim of a sexual assault is in a very unique situation. The victim's body is the crime scene, which adds to the trauma of the attack. It also means that a timely examination by trained medical professionals is extremely important.
The physical examination and tests conducted by medical personnel not only assist police in their investigation, but are also extremely important to the victim as it allows doctors to determine what medical care is required and provide information about, or treatment for, sexually transmitted diseases that could result from the attack.
Bring a clean change of clothing to the emergency room so that you can change after the examination.
The staff at the Kishwaukee Community Hospital can tend to your medical needs and conduct evidence collection. The Staff at the University Health Service will provide medical care and follow-up treatment, but will not conduct evidence collection.