What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol. An individual may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual disability or other disability such as being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Sexual violence can occur between friends, classmates, spouses, romantic interests, short acquaintances or strangers. Examples of sexual violence include rape, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion.
What should I do if I am the victim of Sexual Assault?
Get medical attention immediately
The primary concern for victims of sexual violence is to address medical issues related to physical injury, sexually transmitted infections and/or pregnancy. The secondary concern is the collection of evidence to aid in a possible police investigation. Valuable physical evidence can only be obtained within 96 hours of a sexual assault.
Make a report to campus or local authorities
- Campus or local police (940-565-3000) - You may file a police report with campus police for sexual assaults occurring on campus or with local police for sexual assaults occurring off campus. When making a report to police, you may choose to report using a pseudonym so that your name will not appear in public files.
- Dean of Students (940-565-2648) – You may contact the Dean of Students who will begin an investigation upon your request. If the aggressor was a student, the Dean of Students will investigate possible violations of the Code of Student Conduct which could result in disciplinary sanctions up to expulsion of a student from the university. The Dean of Students may also be able to take immediate action to assist.
- The Dean of students may also be able to assist with changes in academics or university living arrangements, as well as assist with other resources.
- Titile IX Coordinator (940-565-2711) - You may also contact the university Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equity and Diversity. The Title IX Coordinator will also begin an investigation upon request and will assume responsibility for your ongoing opportunities to take full advantage of your educational program.
Any of these campus authorities are available to assist you with reporting to police or to other campus officials.
For additional information, click the following link: Where to Report Sexual Violence.
What do you do if someone you know has been sexually assaulted?
- Stay with him/her
- Reinforce the message
- Follow the steps above
- Encourage them to report to the UNT police, Dean of Students, or Title IX Coordinator
UNT"s Committee on Prevention and Education on Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence:
The Dean of Students office and the Student Government Association have coordinated a University-wide committee involving faculty, staff and students to work on programs, education and prevention efforts for our community on Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence. Denton County and City of Denton are also involved and helping us in this endeavor. We invite any UNT Community member to get involved. Please feel free to email Dr. Maureen McGuinness at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
- Advocacy - This group will evaluate advocacy issues at UNT and make recommendations regarding advocacy.
- Education/ Outreach - This group will help determine ways that we can continue to educate the community on sexual assault and intimate partner violence. This group will also head up our White Ribbon campaign and other outreach efforts. (White ribbon campaign is men working to end violence against women - http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/)
- First Flight - This week is from August 17 - 24 where freshmen are mandated to attend programs on campus. This is our outreach and education efforts before classes start to educate and prevent these acts of violence.
- Take Back the Night- This will be on April 30, 2015, where we program against these crimes and organize a march to support survivors on the UNT Campus.
- October - October is Domestic Violence and Dating Violence Awareness Month – This group will program outreach and education throughout the month of October.
- April - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – This group will program outreach and education throughout the month of April.
- Red Flag Campaign - This group will organize a "red flag" campaign which raises awareness on dating violence & sexual violence from the bystander intervention aspect.
- LGBTQIA - This group will look at ways that we can educate and do prevention regarding sexual assault and intimate partner violence in respect to our LGBQIA community.
The Federal campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights
Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
Accuser and accuse must have the same opportunity to have others present.
Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.
Survivors shall be notified of counseling services.
Survivors hsall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations.
The Prevalence of Sexual Assault
- 44% of victims are under the age of 18
- 80% of victims are under the age of 30
- 15% of victims are under the age of 12
- In 2003, 90% of rape victims were women
- 60% of sexual assaults go unreported
- 3% of rapists serve time in prison
- 2/3 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim
- 73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger