What To Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted
24 Hour Hotline: 972-641-7273
Call an advocate. A 24-hour, year round, confidential hotline through the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, has been made available for students to access a sexual assault advocate. Calls are private and non-judgmental. If preferred, you may remain anonymous.
The advocates provide information and support to victims as they make decision about medical, legal, housing and personal needs. Services are available for both female and male UTD students.
When you call the hotline, tell the advocate why you called. If you have recently been sexually assaulted, the first concern will be your safety. Let the advocate know what you need-do you want to talk? Do you need information? Do you want to report the assault? If you don't know what you need, the advocate will help you figure that out.
You may also call an advocate to talk about an assault that occurred some time ago, or if you want to help someone else who has been assaulted or harassed. Advocates will encourage you to report assaults, but will never insist that you do so.We recommend you also consider the following steps:
Remember, you can call an advocate anytime at 972 641-7273
Advocates are trained volunteers and staff available 24 hours, 365 days per year.
- Inform you of your rights as a sexual assault survivor
- Provide emotional support
- Assist you in making decisions about
- Assuring your personal safety
- Obtaining medical attention
- Reporting the incident to police
- Getting other, urgent personal needs met
- Meet you at the hospital for support and advocacy during the medical, forensic exam
You may call a campus liaison during business hours at 972 883-2575
The campus liaison is provided through the UTD Student Counseling Center and will
- Provide a safe, non-judgmental place to be heard
- Give information about resources available both on and off campus, that the victim might use to address personal, medical, safety, and psychological concerns related to the incident
- Provide guidance on procedures to be followed
- Offer to serve as a liaison with appropriate contact people on campus, to help ensure a coordinated and timely support system
You may also call an liaison to talk about an assault that occurred some time ago, or if you want to help someone else who has been assaulted or harassed. Liaisons will encourage you to report assaults, but will never insist that you do so.
Free counseling is available for victims at the UTD Student Counseling Center 972 883-2575 or the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center 972 641-7273.
If you have already decided to take action
1. Get medical attention immediately.
After a sexual assault, the primary medical concerns are physical injury, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy. While you may be given a pregnancy test at the time of the exam, results will only be accurate for a test taken several weeks later. A preventive pregnancy medication (the Day After pill) can be given at the time of the exam; however, it will only be effective if taken within 24 hours of the assault.
The secondary purpose of a medical exam is to collect forensic evidence to aid in a police investigation and legal proceedings. Physical evidence such as the presence of sperm can only be obtained within 96 hours of the assault.
- The following hospitals have been certified for gathering evidence in sexual assaults.
Texas Health Presbyterian-Dallas
8200 Walnut Hill Ln
Dallas, Tx 75231
Texas Health Presbyterian-Plano
6200 W. Parker Rd
Plano, Tx 75093
401 W. Campbell Rd
Richardson, Tx 75080
Medical Center of Plano
3901 W. 15th St
Plano, Tx 75075
4700 Alliance Blvd
Plano, Tx 75093
4900 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, Tx 75235
Students under age 18 may get services
either at Parkland Hospital or at
1935 Motor St
Dallas, Tx 75235
- Ask for the "SANE" (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurse at the emergency room
- It is your right to have the forensic exam at no charge. A police report does not have to be filed to get this service.
- Victims who don't want to report are still encouraged to get the forensic exam; if you decide at a later date that you want to prosecute, the evidence will still be available.
- Any other medical treatment costs outside of the forensic exam will be your responsibility. If you do not have adequate financial resources or health insurance, Parkland Hospital may be less financially burdensome.
- You may be eligible for funds from the state Crime Victims' Compensation (CVC), to help with medical and other expenses associated with the assault. You must file a police report in order to be eligible to apply for the CVC funds.
(The sexual assault liaison or hospital social worker can help you fill out the CVC application)
2. Preserve all physical evidence.
Do not bathe, shower, douche, use the toilet, brush your teeth, comb your hair, or change clothing if it can be avoided. If you do change clothes, place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag.
3. Report the incident to the police and/or university officials.
UT Dallas Police will investigate reported campus assaults. Local law enforcement will handle off-campus assaults. You may choose to use a pseudonym when reporting a sexual assault, so that your real name will not appear in public files. Other personal information will be kept confidential. UT Dallas Police can provide transportation to the hospital if needed.
Students may also report anonymously, using the Silent Witness form.
University Police can be contacted by calling 972-883-2222 or dialing 911 from a campus phone.
The Dean of Students can be contacted by calling 972-883-6391.
What You Can Expect from the University's Student Judicial System
You may talk informally with the Dean of Students, who has primary responsibility for student discipline at the university. This discussion does not obligate you to pursue official action. However, if it is determined that the accused student presents a danger to the safety and well-being of the campus community, interim disciplinary action may be taken against the accused student without your consent.
If you have not received medical attention and/or contacted the police, you will be assisted in doing so if you wish. Every effort will be made to make necessary changes in your academic schedule and/or on-campus housing assignment. You will be provided information describing both the criminal and campus judicial process and you will be informed of the counseling and medical services available to you on or off campus.
If you choose to file a complaint that will be addressed by the university disciplinary system, you will be entitled to the following rights:
- The right to present his or her testimony at the disciplinary hearing. (The accused student has the same right.)
- The right to have a support person present. (The accused student has the same right.)
- The right not to have evidence of your past sexual history with third parties admitted as evidence.
- The right to have the hearing closed to spectators.
- The right to know the outcome of the hearing to the extent permitted by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Even if you decide not to report the incident to the authorities, for your own well-being you should seek assistance and emotional support.