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


Indicators of Abusive Relationships

From An Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection

Using Emotional Abuse

  • Putting you down
  • Making you feel bad about yourself
  • Calling you names
  • Implying that you are crazy
  • Playing mind games
  • Using guilt as a weapon of control
  • Using humiliation

Using Privilege

  • Treating you like a servant
  • Making all decisions for the family or couple
  • Acting like an owner or master
  • Being the one to define and enforce roles
  • Expecting you to obey like a child

Using Coercion and Threats

  • Making or carrying out threats
  • Threatening to leave
  • Treatening to harm themselves if you leave
  • Threatening to hurt other family members or pets if you leave
  • Threatening to report you to police, child welfare, etc. to control you
  • Threatening to file false charges against you
  • Using threats to get you to drop charges
  • Threatening to expose a secret

Using Intimidation

  • Making you afraid - looks, gestures, actions
  • Smashing things
  • Abusing pets
  • Displaying weapons
  • Threatening to expose a secret

Using the Children

  • Using the children to relay messages
  • Using visitation to harass you
  • Threatening to take the children
  • Threatening to harm the children

Using Isolation

  • Controlling what you do
  • Controlling who you see or talk to
  • Limiting your outside involvement
  • Not letting you work
  • Not letting you receive an education
  • Using jealousy to justify actions against you
  • Destroying your support system

Minimizing, Denying and Blaming

  • Making light of the abuse
  • Saying abusive behavior was not abusive
  • Shifting the responsibility for the behavior to you