What To Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted

A 24-hour, year round, confidential hotline has been made available for students to access a sexual assault advocate.

Call an advocate anytime at 972-641-7273.

The advocates provide information and support to victims as they make decisions about

  • medical
  • legal
  • housing
  • personal needs


Common Feelings Following a Sexual Assault

  • Shock/Numbness — Feeling nothing, or frozen
  • Shame/Humiliation — Feelings of personal violation and degradation
  • Confusion — Memory may be incomplete, the event may seem fuzzy
  • Anger — Both at the rapist and at the world in general, “Why me?”
  • Guilt — Feeling it was somehow your fault or that you should have done something differently
  • Powerless — Feeling of a loss of control
  • Distrust — No longer trusting people around you, becoming “paranoid” or suspicious
  • Sleep/Appetite Changes — Sleeping and/or eating more or less than usual
  • Sexual Fears — Feeling that you will never be able to enjoy sexual intimacy
  • Physical Ailments — Increase in physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, backaches, nausea, etc.  They usually appear to not be related to the sexual assault.