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Report to Police

People who have experienced sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking can talk to a CARE advocate for more information on what may happen if they file a police report. 

Officers at both the Northwestern University Police Department (847-491-3456) and the Evanston Police Department (847-866-5000) receive special training in responding to sexual assault reports. Both departments can guide survivors through the process.

If a survivor discloses sexual assault or abuse to an Illinois officer, local law enforcement is required to complete a written police report regardless of where the incident(s) occurred, including if it occurred in a different state or country. Departments should then promptly initiate coordination across law enforcement jurisdictions.

When intially reporting to the police, there will typically be two interviews. 

There are up to three years after a sexual assault to make a report to the police and up to three years after an incident of domestic violence or stalking. The survivor can request that police keep them updated about the status of the investigation. If a police report is filed, the incident will be a matter of public record, but the survivor's name will not be used in connection with this record.

For more information please visit the website for The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) here.

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