Sexual Assault 24 hr Crisis Hotline 618-397-0975

Sexual Assault Victims Care Unit

Medical and Legal Advocacy

Medical Advocacy

Highly trained medical advocates are on call 24 hours a day to provide in person crisis support to survivors of sexual assault and abuse at treatment hospitals located in Madison, St. Clair, Randolph, and Monroe counties.  

A medical advocate acts as a liaison with healthcare professionals to ensure survivors needs are met and they are treated with dignity and respect.  Medical advocates also assist victims at the emergency room.  If you have been assaulted we recommend you go to the hospital as soon as possible so that you can receive medical treatment and have the opportunity to complete and evidence collection kit (often called a rape kit) up to 7 days after the assault if you choose.  By law rape victims in Illinois should not be billed for medical treatment received in a hospital emergency department as a result of sexual violence.

Please note: if you seek emergency services in an ER, the hospital is required to notify police, but you are not required to file a police report. 

Call for Help medical advocates can:

  • Provide crisis counseling
  • Give you information about your medical concerns and your right to treatment
  • Provide you with information about your legal rights and options
  • Help you communicate with hospital staff and police
  • Assist you with immediate needs such as transportation, shelter referrals, or clothing
  • Connect you to other services such as counseling
  • Assist you in accessing follow up medical treatment such as emergency contraception or pregnancy options
  • Assist you in resolving hospital bills you may have received for emergency treatment
  • Accompany you to file a police report and/or meet with law enforcement

 

Legal Advocacy

Call for Help is here to support you throughout the legal process  We can help navigate the criminal justice process, as well as discuss alternatives to the criminal justice system, including civil remedies.  We support all sexual assault survivors whether or not they want to report the crime to law enforcement. 

A legal advocate can:

  • Provide you with information about you legal rights and options, including information about relevant Illinois laws (Call for Help legal advocates do not provide legal advice)
  • Accompany you to file a police report and/or meet with law enforcement
  • Help you communicate with the police and State's Attorney's Office
  • Help you file for Crime Victims Compensation
  • Assist you in filing a petition for a protective order against the person who harmed you
  • Provide you with referrals and support for services

 

For more information, or to make an appointment with an advocate, please call (618) 397-0975.

All Call for Help's Sexual Assault Victims Care Unit services are free of charge and confidential.