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
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Programs:
This past April UNT offered a number of programs regarding sexual violence. Peer Advocates Tweeted/Posted Facts/Preventative measures/ and statistics concerning Sexual Awareness from our Twitter/Facebook Account. The hashtags were #DriveOutDarkness #SAAM21014
- Drive Out Darkness (Shed Light on Domestic Violence): To kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Week, Peer Advocates tabled in the Library Mall on Monday, April 7th (repeated on April 16th , 23rd, & 30th) from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. During this tabling session, Peer Advocates had all-black banner which states “Drive out Darkness” in yellow or red. They asked any students who have experienced or knows of someone who has been a victim of sexual assualt to sign the banner. The purpose of this activity was to raise awareness and show that sexual assault is a crime that hits close to home. The students signed the banner in glow in the dark sharpies and markers, to shed light on the darkness. The banner was at every event/tabling session throughout the week.
- Teal Ribbon Campaign – (Campus Green) held Wednesday, April 9th from 11:00am – 1:00pm (repeated on April 16th, 23rd, & 30th). By wearing a teal ribbon, students and staff made a personal pledge to “never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.” We passed out resources to help challenge the community to speak out on the issue, learn about sexual violence, and raise public awareness.
- Clothesline Project / Poetry Slam– (Library Mall) held Thursday, April 10th from 11:00am-1:00pm. SPEAK OUT - Women/men expressed their feelings on a shirt. The shirts were then hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as a testimony to the problem of violence against women. During the making of the t-shirts, members of the organization Poetic Justice provided spoken word related to sexual assault awareness.
- Conversation Amongst Women- Wednesday, April 19 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM The Peer Advocates partnered with the Crumley Hall RA staff to provided an educational dialogue with the female residents of Housing on the topic of sexual assault and violence against women and what women can do collectively to put a stop to the violence.
- An Evening with Katie Koestner, Sexual Assault Speaker- Tuesday April 22 from 7:00 -9:00 pm, BLB 180. National Sexual Assault Awareness speaker Katie Koestner presented to the UNT community on the effects of alcohol use, sexual assault, and responsible decision making. A reception for Katie and attendees was held immediately following the presentation.
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