On-campus and Community Resources

If you, or someone you know, has experienced sexual violence or sexual harassment, please consider the following information as a means to recovery.  Below are sections for survivors, friends, and employees.

Whether you are a survivor or helping a survivor remember the following things:

  • Most people who are sexually assaulted know the perpetrator. Because of this, the person who has been assaulted may not want to reveal the name of the assailant. Some feel comfortable reporting an incident of sexual assault, others do not. The person assaulted should take the steps they feel will best help them feel safe and heal.

  • Many assailants will attempt to lay blame and fault the person who was assaulted by saying these or other things: "You asked for it" or "You wanted it." In fact, how another person acts, what they say or what they wear is never justification for sexual assault.

If you need additional advice or someone to talk to, consider a friend or family member, in addition to the following members of the Viterbo and La Crosse community.  Be advised that all members of the Viterbo community are required to report incidents of sexual harassment or sexual discrimination, except for those listed as 'Confidential Viterbo Support Resources'.

Information for Survivors

Remember, that sexual violence is not the fault of the survivor.  Try to be strong and active in your recovery.  You are not alone at Viterbo University and in the La Crosse community, please seek assistance as needed and try to make every effort to advocate for yourself as you move forward in the recovery process.

How To Help a Friend

To help a friend who has been sexually assaulted, be supportive - not instructive.  Allow your friend or loved one to take their time in making their own decisions about how to handle the situation.  Remind them of their options, but try to avoid taking the decision making out of their hands.  Below are a few tips to be a strong support in a time of need.

Resources for Support

 

Confidential Resources and Advocacy Support

Confidential Viterbo Support Resources*

Counseling Services*
All staff in Counseling Services are confidential reporters

Murphy Center 370 608-796-3808
jsmcknight@viterbo.edu
Fr. Conrad Targonski
University Chaplin
Sr. Bowman Thea Center 3 608-796-3804
catargonski@viterbo.edu

*These employees will report the incident of sexual discrimination or sexual harassment, but will omit any identifying information.

Confidential Community Resources

Mayo Franciscan Healthcare Safe Path 700 West Avenue South, La Crosse 608-392-7804
Mayo Franciscan Healthcare SANE Nurses 700 West Avenue South, La Crosse 608-392-9720
Gundersen Sexual Assault Services 24-Hour Crisis Line   608-775-5950 or 1-800-362-9567 ext. 55950
Gundersen Sexual Abuse Counseling and Support Services La Crosse, Monroe, and Crawford Counties 608-775-3845 or 1-800-362-9567 ext. 53845
Great Rivers 211 Information and Referral Crisis Hotline   Dial 211 or 1-800-362-8255
New Horizons Shelter for Battered Women   608-791-2600
Legal Action of Wisconsin   608-785-2809
New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers   608-791-2600
The Trevor Project   866-488-7386

 

Resources for Immediate Assistance

A student or employee who has experienced any form of sexual harassment including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking (collectively referred to in this policy as “sexual assault or violence”) is urged to seek immediate assistance from any of the following resources and to submit a complaint to the University’s Title IX Coordinator. In the event of an incidence of sexual violence, the University encourages an individual to seek shelter in a safe place.

Campus Safety, Law Enforcement & First Responders:

Viterbo University encourages the reporting of incidents that constitute a violation of law to the police or other appropriate law enforcement authority. While Viterbo University encourages individuals to notify law enforcement authorities, the individual has the right to decline. University support services are available regardless of whether or not the individual chooses to report the incident to the authorities. A report to law enforcement is not necessary for the University to proceed with the procedures in this policy.

a.          La Crosse Police Department:

  • In an emergency, La Crosse police can be contacted by calling 911. In La Crosse, the non-emergency telephone number is 608-782-7575.
  • Go to the police station in the jurisdiction where the assault occurred to file a police report. The La Crosse Police Department is located on the first floor of the City building at 400 La Crosse Street, La Crosse, WI 54601. Lobby hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm.
  • If you go to the hospital, ask that they notify the police.

b.         First Responders/Emergency Medical Services: In an emergency, first responders can be contacted by calling 911.

c.          Campus Safety: To report a crime using a Campus Safety phone, dial 3911. If using any other phone, dial 608-796-3911 or 608-780-1582.

Medical Services:

It is important to seek prompt medical treatment after an incident of sexual assault or violence to obtain health services and treatment for injuries, receive preventive treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and preserve evidence. (Those who are 18 years or older may receive treatment for immediate injuries without filing a police report.) To request that a Student Affairs professional staff member accompany you to the hospital, call 608-796-3400 (24 hours).

a.          Mayo Franciscan Healthcare: For medical care, call 608-785-0940 or visit 700 West Avenue, La Crosse (24 hours).

b.         Gundersen Health System: For medical care, call 608-782-7300 or visit 1900 South Avenue, La Crosse (24 hours).

c.          Viterbo Health Services: Health Services offers some medical treatment, nonprescription medications, consultations, and referral services. Weekday hours in the fall and spring semesters only. Contact 608-796-3806 or visit Murphy Center 340, Viterbo University, 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse.

Preservation of Evidence:

Preservation of evidence may be necessary for proof of the crime or in obtaining a protection order.

a.         In cases of sexual assault or violence:

  • Do not shower, urinate, bathe, wash hands, eat, drink liquids, or brush teeth until after an appropriate medical examination.
  • Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag (no plastic).
  • Leave the area where the sexual assault or violence occurred undisturbed.
  • When necessary, seek immediate medical attention at an area hospital and take a full change of clothing, including shoes, for use after a medical examination.

b.         In cases of stalking:

  • keep all text messages and/or handwritten notes
  • keep all messages received or sent through any and all social media,
  • do not delete phone call logs
  • keep a detailed, journal or log with  the date, time, location, and names of witnesses of each form of contact or interaction

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Service: For support and assistance contact one of the following 24-hour services. Student Affairs professional staff members are available 24-hours a day to accompany individuals seeking assistance by calling 608-796-3400.

Mayo Franciscan Healthcare Emergency and Urgent Care Center: Specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are available 24 hours each day to care for those who have been sexually assaulted. The SANE nurse will explain procedures before the exam and will answer questions and assist with concerns related to the assault. In a respectful and non-threatening manner, the nurse collects forensic evidence that may be useful in pursuing a conviction. Individual users are responsible for any related costs.

  • CONTACT INFORMATION

Address: Emergency and Urgent Care Center, 700 West Avenue, La Crosse (24 hours).

Phone: Call 608-392-7040; 608-392-9720 (24 hours) or 1-800-362-5454 (24 hours toll-free).

Gundersen Health System Emergency Services: Specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) are available 24 hours each day to care for those who have been sexually assaulted. The SANE nurse will explain procedures before the exam and will answer questions and assist with concerns related to the assault. In a respectful and non-threatening manner, the nurse collects forensic evidence that may be useful in pursuing a conviction. Individual users are responsible for any related costs.

  • CONTACT INFORMATION

Address: Emergency Services, 1st Floor, 1900 South Avenue, La Crosse (24 hours).

Phone: 608-775-5950 (24 hours) or 1-800-362-9567, ext. 55950 (24 hours).

Protective Orders

Forms to request temporary, harassment, and domestic abuse restraining orders are available at and submitted to the County Clerk of Court office, 333 Vine Street, La Crosse.  For more information call 608-785-9590 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.  You may also contact our Campus Safety and Security office to help with questions or if you need assistance, 608-796-3911 or 3911 if calling from an on-campus phone.

Legal Assistance

Legal services may have a fee. Individual users are responsible for any costs related to legal services. Legal assistance is available at these locations:

a.         Volunteers who do not provide legal advice, but can assist you with various legal actions staff The Family Law Center. To access these services, contact the Family Court Commissioner Office at 608-785-5600 or request a schedule from the Child Support Office.

b.          Legal Action of Wisconsin at 700 N 3rd Street, Suite 203, La Crosse, 608-785-2809 or 855-947-2529 provides legal services for civil cases at low or no cost to qualified applicants. For more information, visit https://www.legalaction.org/contact-us/la-crosse-area-office.

Viterbo Safe Walk

Campus Safety officers will accompany Viterbo students and employees to class, around campus, and to vehicles up to 2 blocks off-campus. Call as accompaniment is needed or schedule in advance at 608-796-3911 (24 hours).

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