Reporting Sexual Violence

What do I do if I have been sexually assaulted?

Your safety is important. Go to a safe place away from the perpetrator. Consider reaching out to someone you trust for support- You do not have to go through this alone.

Immediate medical attention may be necessary to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infection and possible pregnancy, as well as treat any wounds incurred. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) program is available at three hospitals in Denton County: Denton Regional Medical Center, Baylor Carrollton or Flower Mound Emergency Center. The nurse will perform the examination and stay with the victim throughout the treatment process. These three hospitals, Denton County Friends of the Family, and law enforcement collaborate to provide service and care to survivors of sexual assault. The UNT Student Health & Wellness Center does not have the SANE program and does not provide emergency care.

The following information may be helpful to know regarding the SANE exam and advocacyservices:

  • In order to receive a sexual assault exam, you can either call the Denton County Friends of the Family crisis hotline at 940-382-7273, or go to one of the three hospitals in Denton County that offer the SANE program (Denton Regional Medical Center, Baylor Carrollton or Flower Mound Emergency Center).
  • Do not shower, bathe, douche, change or destroy clothes; do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum, do not take any medications; do not remove sheets from bed; do not straighten room or place of the incident. Preserving evidence is critical for criminal prosecution. Although you may not want to prosecute immediately following the incident, that choice may not be available later without credible evidence.
  • Receiving a SANE exam does not commit you to a full prosecution. Instead, it will preserve any potential evidence if you decide you would like to prosecute at a later date.

For additional information, click the following link: Where to Report Sexual Violence.