Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HSV 165

       Course Name: Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines the skills necessary to provide crisis intervention in various settings to adult and child survivors of sexual violence, and offers a background of information on sexual violence and the rape crisis movement.  Successful completion of the course qualifies the student to receive certification by a State-approved agency such as Northwest CASA.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. The student will be able to identify rape culture in the US, the cultural forces that devalue women, and its impact on society.
  2. The student will be able to debunk the myths which exist within the rape culture.
  3. The student will be able to cite facts and statistics related to the relevance of specific types of sexual violence.
  4. The student will be able to distinguish between the victim-centered philosophy of services and the medical/social service models of intervention.
  5. The student will be able to identify the cultural forces of oppression and understand ways to integrate anti-oppression strategies into daily practice.
  6. The student will be able to practice and demonstrate victim-centered skills related to the provision of crisis intervention services to survivors of sexual assault.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Privilege and Oppression in the US
    1. Forms of oppression
    2. Connections between “isms”
    3. Evaluating our own privilege
    4. Challenging oppression
    5. Integration of anti-oppression strategies
  2. Overview of History and Politics in the US
    1. Feminism and the history of the anti-rape movement
    2. Rape myths
    3. Rape culture
  3. Forms of Sexual Violence
    1. Stranger rape
    2. Acquaintance rape
    3. Date rape
    4. Marital rape
    5. Substance-related rape
    6. Multiple assailant/gang rape
    7. Same-sex assault
    8. Sexual harassment
  4. Crisis Intervention with Adults
    1. Crisis intervention principals and applications
    2. Effects of sexual assault
    3. Listening/communication skills
    4. Rape Trauma Syndrome
    5. Victim-centered services
    6. Working with significant others
  5. Crisis Intervention with Children and Adolescents
    1. Overview of child development
    2. Effects of sexual assault on children
    3. Crisis intervention strategies
  6. Medical Advocacy
    1. Advocacy principals
    2. Role of an advocate
    3. Emergency room procedures
    4. Evidence collection
    5. SANE nurses
    6. Consent by minors
    7. Sexually transmitted infections
    8. Emergency contraception
    9. Sexual Assault Survivor’s Emergency Treatment Act
    10. Drugs facilitating rape
    11. Confidentiality
  7. Advocacy with Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice System
    1. Criminal justice process
    2. Roles of law enforcement
    3. Roles of court personnel
    4. Sexual assault laws
    5. Sexual assault statutes
  8. General Orientation to Volunteering at Sexual Assault Centers
    1. Rules and responsibilities of volunteers
    2. Local medical procedures
    3. Local criminal justice procedures
    4. Required paperwork
    5. Stress and self-care

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Group Activities

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

This course relies on the students’ ability to read and understand college-level text material.

Writing:  Students will be required to write for the class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded.  This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of journal articles, and/or a series of shorter, analytical papers.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. (2004). Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training: A Resource Manual. Springfield, IL.

Lueders, Bill (2006). Cry Rape: The True Story of One Woman’s Harrowing Quest for Justice. Madison, WI: Terrace Books.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Pre-test: A pre-test will be given on the first day of class. This test will be an ungraded measure of the student’s knowledge base. It will also serve to measure the effectiveness of the instructor and curriculum in achieving the objectives by comparing it with the scores from the post-test.

Post-test: This post-test will be given on the last day of class. This test will be graded.

Quizzes: Graded quizzes will be given at the beginning of every class. They will cover the previous classes’ material and serve to reinforce that material.

Analytical Paper: This graded paper will be turned in the last week of class. Students will read Cry Rape on their own time over the course of the semester. They will utilize course materials, and other research materials, to produce a 10 page paper detailing how the main character’s ordeal would have been different had an advocate been present. Grading of this assignment will be based on the following criteria: organization of ideas, clarity of expression, ability to construct a coherent and persuasive argument in support of your ideas, solid command of relevant theory and research, and ability to apply theory and research by way of example or experience. Grading is not based on student’s personal opinion or belief, but their ability to articulate their understanding of the concepts presented in the course. This paper must be typed, double spaced with font of 12, and must adhere to correct spelling, punctuation and grammar.

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance: Attendance is mandatory due to the importance of material covered in class. Should a student have an emergency situation or illness come up over the course of the semester, that individual needs to contact the instructor to discuss the matter or making up the material. In order to be eligible for the 40-hour certificate, students may not miss more than two classes. In the case of instructor’s absence, students will be contacted via email by the instructor and assigned material for independent study. This material should be completed, preparing students for the next class period. 

Make-up exams: For students who miss class due to an excused absence, please contact the instructor to make-up your quizzes/exam. Please note that this is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor about making up the quiz/exam.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.