What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual Assault (Rape) is a non-consensual sexual act involving force, manipulation, or coercion. It is an act of aggression, violence, and power and is a felony crime under Texas Penal Code 22.011. The perpetrator can be either a stranger, acquaintance, relative, or date.
What you should know:
● A person can not give consent to sexual activity if impaired by any amount of alcohol or drugs.
● Most perpetrators are known by the victim.
● Sexual assault is not about sex, it is about power and control.
● Most rapists look for available, vulnerable targets, not people who dress or behave in a particular way.
● No person ever “asks” to be hurt or degraded under any circumstance.
● It can happen to anyone regardless of age, race or gender.
What to do if you are a victim of Sexual Assault:
● Go to a safe place as soon as you can. If you are at your residence, secure all doors and windows.
● If sexually assaulted on campus notify the University Police Department (825-4444). If sexually assaulted off campus notify the appropriate law enforcement agency.
● Seek medical attention.
● Preserve all evidence if possible (do not bathe, douche, wash hands, brush teeth, change clothes or linens, eat or drink).
● Seek counseling either on campus of off campus.