Crime Victims

Sexual Assault

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.