Support: You're not alone
A person who experiences an incident of sexual misconduct has a number of options for help and support.
If you or someone you know are in a life-threatening situation, contact the police immediately by calling 911. Get to a safe place as soon as possible.
Confidential Support: Off-Campus
Community Health Service Inc.
(218) 281-3552 or 24-hour crisis line (800) 342-7756
310 S. Broadway, Crookston, MN
Community Health Service Inc. is a free and completely confidential resource. They staff individuals who have been trained in assisting a person who experiences an incident of sexual misconduct make informed decisions.
- Victim Advocacy Program
- Community Health Service Inc. (CHSI)
- Battered Women’s Program & Sexual Assault Intervention Project provide bilingual victim advocacy services to women, children, and men who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence.
- Advocacy services may include shelter/relocation assistance, supportive services, and referrals to community organizations. CHSI advocates assist with Order for Protection, court advocacy and coordinating with legal systems.
- Help is available in English and Spanish
- If you or someone you know has been abused, please contact CHSI’s 24-hour crisis line. All services are confidential.
Polk County Coordinated Victim Services
816 Marin Avenue, Suite 254
Crookston, MN 56716
Office Phone: (218-281-1554)
(M-F) 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Prosecution based advocacy
- Assistance with criminal justice process and questions
- Accompaniment to court proceedings
- Information on crime victim rights
- Assistance with notification on an offender’s release from custody
A sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) trained in forensic evidence collection will be present in the emergency room. The exam should be completed within 120 hours from the time of the assault. There is no charge for victims/survivors to receive a forensic medical examination. Treatment of injuries or other services not listed below may not be covered; however, advocates are available to assist in seeking victim reparations to cover these charges. A SANE nurse will help the victim/survivor by:
- Providing complete medical exams
- Providing appropriate treatment, including pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, and STD/HIV prevention medication
- Collecting evidence
Sanford Hospital Emergency Room
1300 Anne St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Altru Hospital Emergency Room
1300 S. Columbia Rd.
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Student Help: On-Campus
UMN Crookston Student Health offers a number of medical services for UMC students.
UMC Health Services
145F Sargeant Student Center
UMC Student Health does not collect evidence but will help the victim/survivor by:
- Providing emergency contraception
- Providing appropriate treatment, to include pregnancy testing and STD treatment
- Making a referral to counseling (with the victim/survivor's permission)
- Making a referral to a local hospital (with the victim/survivor's permission)
Contact UMN Crookston Counseling Services, another free and completely confidential resource available to students.
UMN Crookston Counseling Services helps victims/survivors by:
- Providing information in a safe, supportive atmosphere in which to share their experiences
- Encouraging expression of thoughts and feelings about what happened
- Processing emotions related to the experience and in making decisions about who to tell and where to get support
- Discussing options available regarding reporting of the incident
- Referral to community resources (if needed/requested) for medical and/or legal concerns
- Helping to manage school responsibilities in a time of crisis; may recommend changes to academic program or housing arrangements
- Assisting to regain control over their lives
- Providing ongoing therapy as needed
Employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program.
Employee Assistance Program
(888) 243-5744 or (612) 625-2820