If you, or someone you know, has experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct, it is important to get help as soon as possible. Remember, it is never the fault of the person who experiences any form of sexual misconduct, and it is never OK.
The Northwest campus and community has resources to help and support you or anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct. We can help you get immediate medical services, report the incident, find support, and learn about IU’s policies.
How to get medical help
We understand that seeking help when you have experienced sexual misconduct can seem frightening and overwhelming. You might not even be sure what you want to do. That’s okay. You are still encouraged to seek medical help as soon as possible to check for injuries and collect evidence in case you do decide to pursue prosecution. There are several options to find medical care.
IU Campus Health and Wellness Center
You can count on the IU Northwest Campus Health and Wellness Center to help you after sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence. Services offered include injury treatment, emergency contraceptive information, and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment. Services are available to IU Northwest students, staff, and faculty.
The center is located in the Dunes Medical/Professional Building, Room 1027 and is open during the following hours.
For help or to make an appointment, call 219-980-7250.
The emergency departments at both Methodist Hospital locations are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can get a free medical exam after sexual violence where specially trained nurses will check for infection and injury and collect evidence, in case you decide to report the incident to the police.
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How to contact police
You should dial or text 911 to contact police immediately if you experience or witness sexual misconduct and are in danger. Reporting the incident to the police does not mean you have to seek prosecution.
If you have decided to file a police report and press charges, you contact the IU Police Department, located at 3400 Broadway, in Room 116 of the Moraine Student Center.
Find support on campus
If you or someone you know have experienced sexual violence, there are resources available at Indiana University to offer support and provide information on the options available under university policy.
The organizations listed can provide counseling or advocacy services at no cost to you.
The Counseling Center at IU Northwest can provide you with access to a range of counseling options and refer you to outside resources. It is located in Hawthorn Hall, Room 201.
To make an appointment, call 219-980-6741.
If you or a family member works for Indiana University, the Employee Assistance Program can provide you with professional and confidential counseling. Its services are available to full-time employees, medical residents, and graduate appointees and their household members.
To get started, call their 24-hour help line at 888-234-8327.
Find support off campus
The centers listed offer comprehensive mental health services in the community, including counseling.
If in your day-to-day life you are unable to avoid continued contact with the person who hurt you, you can request a change in academic, transportation, and/or work situations. Your request will be reviewed by the appropriate people and may be granted if it is reasonable, even if you haven’t reported the incident.
For help with living arrangements and schedule changes:
Dean of Students: 219-981-5660
Office of Affirmative Action: 219-980-6705
Other advocate services may be available.
Legal assistance and representation information can be obtained by contacting the Lake County Bar Association. For help, call 219-738-1905.
Lake County Clerk’s Office 2293 North Main Street, Courts Building 1st Floor Crown Point, IN 46307 219-755-3465 765-973-9220
Indiana University strives to uphold privacy and confidentiality as much as possible, and only shares information with those who have a need to know in order to respond. Individuals who desire anonymity in discussing and seeking assistance about sexual misconduct should contact and/or be referred to a confidential employee on their campus.