What to do: You Set The Pace

A person who experiences an incident of sexual misconduct has a number of options to consider.

On campus

Off campus

  • Community Health, 218-281-3552
  • 24 Hour Crisis Line 1-800-342-7756, can assist you with making supportive changes as needed
  • Polk County Coordinated Victims Services 218-281-1554
  • Crookston Police Department - 218-281-3111.
  • SANE (Sexually Assault Nurse Examiner) - seek medical attention as soon as possible. SANE nurse available 24/7 in Bemidji, MN and Grand Forks, Nd. SANE nurses are registered nurses who have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of the patient who has experienced sexual assault or abuse.  SANE examinations are free & confidential, and should be completed within 120 hours of the assault.
    • Sanford Emergency Department
      1300 Anne St. NW
      Bemidji, MN 56601
      Emergency Room (218-333-5596)
    • Altru Hospital
      1300 S. Columbia Rd.
      Grand Forks, ND 58203
      Emergency Room (701-780-5280)
  • Contact parents, friends, or support persons.

What to know

  • You set the pace.
  • You have the right to choose who you will speak to, what resources you will use, what you will say and when you will say it.
  • There are many resources available to you, both on campus and off campus (see above).
  • It is your choice whether to name the other person(s) involved in the incident.
  • Your information will be kept private and only shared with those who need to know.
  • UMC will carefully consider your request for confidentiality. The University supports your well-being as well as the well-being and safety of our University and Crookston communities.
  • You do not have to make any decisions immediately, but if there is a chance you might pursue a criminal investigation, it is important to preserve evidence (see below).

For sexual assault or rape

If able, please do not change or shower. If you do remove items of clothing, place them in a paper (not plastic) bag. If oral contact took place, try not to smoke, eat, drink, or brush your teeth. Consider seeking a health care provider who will be able to check you for injuries, talk to you about possible pregnancy concerns and/or sexually transmitted infections, and collect evidence. It is important that an exam is completed within 120 hours of the assault.

Completing a sexual assault exam preserves evidence for reporting an assault to law enforcement. You do not need to make a decision immediately on whether to make a report to law enforcement at the time of the exam. This exam would be kept confidential if/until you would want to report the assault to law enforcement.

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