What to Do If You Experience Sexual Misconduct
What is Sexual Assault?
Any form of non-consensual sexual activity representing a continuum of conduct from forcible rape to non-physical forms of pressure designed to compel individuals to engage in sexual activity against their will.
- Sexual intercourse (vaginal or anal)
- Oral sex
- Rape or attempted rape
- Penetration of an orifice (anal, vaginal, oral) with the penis, fingers or other object
- Unwanted touching of a sexual nature
- Use of coercion, manipulation or force to make someone else engage in sexual touching, including touching of breasts, chest, buttocks and genitalia
- Engaging in sexual activity with a person who is unable to provide consent
- Knowingly transmitting a sexually-transmitted disease to another
Immediate Steps After A Sexual Assault
- If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
- Go somewhere you feel safe.
- Do not clean up.
- Call someone you trust for emotional support.
- Make a note of important details:
- Approximately what time the assault happened
- Where it happened
- The sequence of events that happened before the assault
- Any conversations that could be relevant
- How you tried to resist the assault
- Any details about the appearance of the attacker
- Any threats that were used against you
- Any weapons that were mentioned or seen during the assault
- Any injuries that you received
- Any injuries that the attacker received
If you need to make a report, please contact Dr. Garcia,
Title IX Coordinator at 512.245.2539.
At this website, you can file a report for any of the following categories of sexual misconduct:
- Sexual Assault
- Dating Violence
- Sexual Harassment
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Exploitation
- Sexual Intimidation (Cyber-stalking, Indecent Exposure, etc.)
You can file a report for someone else.
You can file a report anonymously.
You can file a report using a pseudonym.
If you experience an act of sexual misconduct, you are likely to have many concerns, including physical health and safety, emotional and mental well-being, medical issues such as sexually transmitted infections and, for some, pregnancy. Another common concern may be understanding the disciplinary or legal options for responding to the act.
Texas State University encourages individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct to report the incident to any university employee including all administrators, faculty, and staff. These individuals will take steps to ensure that the misconduct does not continue and address the effects.
If you experience sexual misconduct Texas State University suggests that you consider these resources....
Common Feelings of Survivors of Sexual Assault
Being sexually assaulted can be an extremely distressing experience. Emotional responses of survivors will vary from individual to individual.
- Shock and Numbness
- Disruption of Daily Life
- Loss of Control
- Anxiety, Shaking, Nightmares
- Concern for the Assailant
- Sexual Concerns
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Guilt, Shame, Self-Blame
Remember that your responses are not crazy; they are normal reactions to a traumatic situation.
You are not to blame, even if:
- Your attacker was an acquaintance, date, friend or spouse, girlfriend or boyfriend, parent, sibling, guardian, other relative, professor, coach, or even employer.
- You have been sexually intimate with that person or with others before.
- You were drinking or using drugs.
- You froze and did not or could not say “no” or were unable to fight back physically.
- You were wearing clothes that others may see as seductive.
- You said “yes” but later said “no” and were not listened to.
How to Help a Friend or Family Member who has been Sexually Assaulted
- Believe them
- Don’t blame them
- Offer shelter
- Be there and give comfort
- Be patient
- Validate the survivor’s feelings: their anger, pain and fear
- Express your compassion
- Resist seeing the survivor as a victim
- Stay friends
- Respect their privacy
- Get help
- Educate yourself about sexual assault and the healing process
Resources and Support on Campus
Reports of sexual discrimination will ONLY be shared with individuals with need-to-know and as required by law.
The mission of the Texas State University Police Department (UPD) focuses on excellence, to provide leadership through innovation and creativity in a dynamic, diverse and professional organization. We will strive to create a safe and secure learning environment, by dedicating ourselves to raising the level of preparedness to meet the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow. We pledge to sustain a working partnership with our campus community to improve the quality of life. We will accomplish our mission by providing proactive service and encouraging community awareness in support of the University’s mission.
Available 24 hours a day.
The Dean of Students Office strives to set standards of excellence in the delivery of student services and to foster a welcoming environment that is inclusive, safe, and conducive to learning.The Dean of Student's Office can assist with any academic issues as well as any accommodations that may arise for victims of sexual misconduct. Available during regular business hours.
Confidential Resources and Support On Campus
These resources will not share any information unless there is imminent harm to you, another individual or as required by law.
The Student Health Center provides anonymous and confidential sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV testing.
Many students encounter a variety of personal, social, career, and academic issues that call for assistance beyond advice provided by friends and family. Fortunately, the Counseling Center provides free and confidential services by professional counselors to all currently enrolled Texas State students.
Dr. Garcia is responsible for the oversight of Title IX compliance on the Texas State University campus. She is available during business hours and is committed to providing a prompt and equitable response to all reports of sexual misconduct.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Ms. Julie Ohlendorf
Attorney for Students
Attorney for Students Office LBJ 5-1.5
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5::00 p.m.
Monday through Friday by appointment only
Central Texas Medical Center
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24-hour Help Line: 512.396.HELP (4357)
Hays County Crime Stoppers
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Hays County District Attorney – Victim Services (Protective Orders)
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Texas Advocacy Project
PO Box 833 Austin, TX 78767
Sexual Assault Legal Hotline 888.296.SAFE (Statewide)
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Texas State Counseling Center
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