Dealing with Crisis

This information serves as a guide for students in crisis.

 If you think you are in imminent danger of killing yourself:

1. Call 9-1-1.

2. Talk to a professional who can help.

3. Don't discount your feelings. Take them seriously.

4. Ask for help from others you trust and who can give you support such as: friends, family or clergy.

5. Don't use alcohol and drugs, it can increase the chances you could hurt yourself

If you have been sexually assaulted and choose to report the assault to the police, call 911.

The following are options you can consider:

  • Female survivors may request a women police officer.
  • You have the right to stop the legal process at any time. Campus Safety is available at 715-394-8114 .
  • Do not shower, douche or change clothes.
  • Have a medical examination at a hospital emergency room.
  • Bring a change of clothes along; police may want the original clothing as evidence.
  • Write down all the details about the attack that you can recall as soon as possible.
  • Inform the officer of all the details of the attack however intimate, and of anything unusual my may have noticed about the attacker.
  • An advocate from a local sexual assault program (CASDA) can be called (715-392-3136) for support and assistance.

If you choose not to report to the Police,

there are a few things you should do to insure good physical and mental health:

  • Get a thorough medical exam. There is a need to check for lacerations, the possibility of pregnancy, and the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Get a check-up at least six weeks after the assault to check for pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Get personal support from friends, on campus resources, counseling services, or a community rape crisis center.

If a friend is in imminent danger of killing or hurting themselves call 9-1-1.


Other resources to contact:

After calling 9-1-1:

1. Remain calm and listen closely; be supportive of their situation and feelings.

2. Don't leave your friend alone.

3. If weapons are present, don't put yourself in danger, call 9-1-1 immediately!

4. Encourage your friend to get professional help.