ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY POLICE
September 14, 2020
On 9/13/20, ISU Police received a report of a sexual assault of a female student which is believed to have occurred overnight in Watterson Towers by an unknown male. Additionally, Normal Police received a report of a separate sexual assault which occurred overnight in an apartment in the 200 Block of W. Willow Street. These incidents are unrelated and remain under investigation by the ISU Police Department and Normal Police Department. Due to the ongoing investigations, no further information can be released at this time. However, students are strongly encouraged to review the resources and prevention information included below.
Sexual assault is a significant concern at college campuses across the country. Nationwide, it is estimated that 20 percent of women and 6 percent of men experience sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during their time in college.
A study, published by the Department of Justice found that:
- 82 percent of the victims are raped by someone they know
- 18 percent are raped by a stranger
If you have experienced an incident of sexual assault/misconduct, dating/domestic violence, or stalking, you are encouraged to get help regardless of when the incident occurred. Students are encouraged to contact Title IX to request any services, protective measures, or interim measures needed.
Confidential Advisors are available through Student Counseling Services. Confidential Advisors provide emergency and ongoing support to survivors of sexual violence. Confidential Advisors are staff specially trained to respond to students, explain their rights and options, and liaise with necessary campus authorities as requested by the student. Trained advocates and other support are available in the community at Stepping Stones for survivors of sexual assault and Midwest Central Community Action for dating and domestic violence.
Most sexual assaults do not involve physical force. There are multiple ways to demonstrate that there is a lack of consent during sexual activity. It is always the victim’s decision whether or not to report a crime.
Resources about the decision to report:
Reporting allows the police to:
- Take measures toward ensuring your safety
- Preserve any evidence
- Prevent future crimes
- Inform you of your rights as crime victim
- Provide support and resource referral
For more information about reporting rape, please visit http://titleix.illinoisstate.edu/.
Trust your instincts when you feel unsafe or uncomfortable!
Be wary when someone:
- Tries to establish closeness and trust quickly
- Pressures you to use, or increase consumption of, alcohol or other drugs
- Does not respect your boundaries
- Pouts or tries to make you feel guilty for saying no
- Is trying to relocate to increase privacy
Any sexual activity that occurs without consent, or when the victim is incapable of giving consent, constitutes sexual assault.
- Consent must be given for sexual act, each and every time, even in a relationship
- Consent can be revoked at any time, for any reason
- Consent to one activity does not imply consent to other activities
- Consent should be informed and include transparency about protection methods
- Intoxicated and sleeping individuals cannot consent.
- In Illinois, persons under the age of 17 cannot consent
- Coercion, authority, threats, or force cannot be used to establish consent
- Consent must be offered freely and without reservation
- Someone incapacitated due to the use or influence of alcohol or drugs cannot consent to sexual activity
If you are engaging in sexual activity, remember:
- You are never obligated to do anything you do not want to do
- “I do not want to” or “No” require no further explanation or reasoning
- You have the right to tell someone to stop contacting you
- If contact continues, save the evidence, start an incident log tracking the times and days, and contact the police
The entire campus community must become involved if we hope to prevent sexual assault.
- We have the responsibility to intervene when we see warning signs, provided it is safe to do so
- When it is not safe, we have the responsibility to reach out to authorities
- The University encourages students to take appropriate action to protect others’ safety
- There are protections provided to reduce or eliminate legal and disciplinary consequences to victims and those who report victimization
Learn more about strategies for intervening by booking a Bystander Empowerment Training Workshop through Health Promotion and Wellness.
Although you can never completely protect yourself or others from becoming the victim of any crime, you can reduce your risk of being targeted by understanding ways to mitigate risk.
Be respectful. Be kind. Be watchful of each other.
This Crime Advisory is issued in compliance with the Timely Notice provisions of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, a federal statute governing the reporting and disclosure of crimes on college campuses.