The Advocating for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) team at Governors State University (GSU) is committed to creating a campus culture that promotes sexual and relationship health through education and training on the prevention of sexual violence.
The YWCA Metropolitan Chicago/South Suburban Center entered into a formal agreement in March, 2015 that solidified the commitment of the YWCA and GSU to work together to provide trauma-informed services to GSU student and employee survivors of sexual assault, to improve the overall response to sexual assault, and to coordinate sexual violence prevention and educational programming at GSU.
If you have been sexually assaulted or the victim of dating violence or stalking:
- Know that the assault is not your fault and you are not alone.
- Seek medical attention immediately. Not all injuries are visible following an assault.
- Preserve any physical evidence of the assault in a paper bag.
- Report the incident to the Department of Public Safety or the police. A counselor or YWCA advocate can help you do this.
- Find a safe place to stay away from your attacker.
How to help a friend
- Believe what has happened.
- Offer safety and support.
- Listen, but do not press for details or judge.
- Offer information and choices and encourage them to seek help.
- Be patient. Recovery takes time.
- Take care of yourself. Seek out the support of others in dealing with your own feelings about your friend’s experience.
GSU Counseling Center 708.235.7334
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago South Suburban Center
Crisis hotline: 708.748.5672 (available 24/7)
320 West 202nd Street Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Know that most university staff and faculty must report incidents of relationship violence and sexual assault to the Title IX Officer. GSU mental health counselors and YWCA staff are not required to report. The university is required to follow up on all incidents of relationship violence and sexual assault and may investigate to support its’ efforts to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students. The survivor determines his/her level of participation in this process.