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Sexual Assault

Sexual assault, especially date rape, among college age students has become a matter of national concern.

Rape, including date rape, and other forms of sexual assault violate both college codes of conduct and Illinois criminal statutes. Such acts are totally unacceptable within the Monmouth College Community.

Monmouth College is concerned about the prevention of rape and sexual assault, the apprehension and discipline of those responsible and caring services to students who are raped or sexually assaulted.

The college has an established grievance procedure outlined in the Scots’ Guide to respond to acts of violence within the college community. The information below is also sent to the campus community every year in the form of a brochure.

Laura Hutchinson
Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students


What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is sexual contact without your consent. It includes rape, attempted rape, incest, and unwanted sexual conduct.

What is acquaintance rape?

Acquaintance rape is by someone you know. The rapist may be a friend, a “friend of a friend”, a date, a relative, an employer, or other casual acquaintance. Most rapes on college campuses are acquaintance rapes.

Some facts about sexual assault

  • Sexual assault is an act of violence. The objective is not to experience sex but to express power, control and anger.
  • Sexual assault frequently occurs under the threat of great bodily harm or death.
  • There is not a typical victim or sexual assault. Anyone can be a victim, including men. However, women between the ages of 15 and 24 are at greater risk.
  • There is no typical rapist.
  • The majority of sexual assault victims know their assailant.
  • The rapist’s attack is usually planned and is usually preceded by some conversation or contact with the victim.
  • Using alcohol can cloud judgment and slow responses, making people more vulnerable to assault.

What should you do if you are assaulted?

  • You may call Victim Advocates at 309-837-5555. They are confidential advisors and can talk to you about your next steps including police involvement, going to the hospital, or other resources.
  • It is best not to bathe, douche, change clothes, apply medication, or otherwise modify your appearance. Try not to urinate or defecate. Any of these actions could destroy evidence needed for later prosecution.
  • Seek medical attention. At the hospital emergency room you will receive necessary attention to your health and safety, including attention to physical injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy. The medical attention you receive will also gather evidence in case you choose to pursue legal prosecution—either immediately or at a later time. The hospital is required by law to report sexual assault to the police. Evidence collected however, is given to you . You decide whether to cooperate with legal prosecution.
  • You may choose to report the crime to the police. The police will in turn, report the crime to the State’s Attorney who will assist you with legal prosecution regardless of whether you file legal charges on campus with the Office of Residence Life.
  • Seek emotional support in dealing with the emotions and stress that may follow a sexual assault. Your stressful symptoms may continue for an extended period of time. Help is available on campus and in the surrounding area. You may speak with a confidential advisor on campus or off campus. See the list of resources below.
  • Established grievance procedures are discussed in detail in the Monmouth College Scots’ Guide Harassment Policy.

What should you do if someone you know is assaulted?

  • Be supportive and nonjudgmental. Be a good listener and allow the person to talk about the assault. Offer reassurance and help the person to feel in control by allowing her or him to make the necessary decisions.
  • Encourage and assist the person in seeking medical attention. A volunteer is available to accompany the individual to the emergency room of the hospital.
  • Encourage the person to report the crime to the police. Remember, however, that the decision belongs to the person who has been assaulted. Your role is to support and encourage. A volunteer is available to accompany her or him to the police station.
  • If the assailant is a member of the college community, encourage the individual to file charges on campus through the Title IX office. Established grievance procedures are discussed in detail in the Monmouth College Scots’ Guide.
  • Be aware that victims of sexual assault often experience long-lasting emotional trauma. Symptoms may include calm, hysteria, anxiety, anger, shame and fear. Victims of acquaintance rape may experience especially intense feelings of shame, guilt, betrayal, loss of confidence in their own judgment and inability to trust. Recognize these as normal reactions. Continue to be supportive.
  • Encourage the person to contact a counselor on campus or at home.
  • Recognize that assisting a victim of sexual assault brings stress into your life. Help is available to you in coping with feelings and emotional demands that you are experiencing. See the list of resources below.

Where can you find help?

Not all employees can maintain confidentiality. This includes most staff members, faculty, hall directors, head residents and resident assistants. This does not mean employees do not care about you and these issues. It does mean they may have responsibilities to the larger community that would require them to report sexual assault and other forms of misconduct. Knowing this the College has appointed the following people to maintain confidentiality. They are committed to be support persons for victims. These volunteers can provide Confidential emotional support and assistance in making decisions important to the well-being of the victim. They also are available to transport the victim to the police, hospital, or Counseling Center.

Michelle Merritt
Interim Title IX Coordinator
Associate Dean of Students
Room 21, Poling Hall (lower Level)
(309) 457-2114

Karen Ogorzalek
Interim Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Campus Events
Room 109, Stockdale Center (main level)
(309) 457-2345

On-Campus Confidential Advisors

Cindy Beadles
Director of Counseling Services
Basement of Poling Hall

Thomas Caudill
Basement of Poling Hall

Teri Ott
Weeks House

Jessica Hawkinson
Associate Chaplain
Weeks House

Other important numbers to remember:

  • Monmouth College Campus Safety -


  • Monmouth College Counseling Service Appointments - 309-457-2114
  • Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault - 309-837-5555
  • Illinois Rape/Sexual Assault - 309-797-1777
  • Center for Prevention of Abuse - Toll Free - 800-559-7233
  • Center for Prevention of Abuse - Collect - 309-691-4111
  • State’s Attorney Office - 309-734-8476
  • City of Monmouth Police Department - 911 (or) 309-734-8383

Other Online Resources:

Note: The information above comes from the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault Quad Cities Rape/Sexual Assault Counseling Program, the Center for the Prevention of Abuse, and the Monmouth College Scots’ Guide handbook.

These definitions of sexual assault and acquaintance rape are for use within Monmouth College. They may differ from technical definitions used in law.