Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault... What is it?

Sexual assault and abuse is any type of sexual activity that you do not agree to, including:

  • Inappropriate touching
  • Vaginal, anal, or oral penetration
  • Sexual intercourse that you say no to
  • Attempted rape
  • Child molestation
  • Rape/ Date Rape

Getting Help

  • Get away from the attacker to a safe place as fast as you can. Then call 911 or the TSU police.
  • Call a friend or family member you trust. You also can call a crisis center or a hotline to talk with a counselor. One hotline is the National Sexual Assault Hotline  at 800-656-HOPE (4673).
  • Feelings of shame, guilt, fear, and shock are normal. It is important to get counseling from a trusted professional, such as a counselor at the University Counseling Center. You can contact us at 713-313-7804 to set up an appointment.
  • Do not wash, comb, or clean any part of your body. Do not change clothes if possible, so the hospital staff can collect evidence. Do not touch or change anything at the scene of the assault.
  • Go to your nearest hospital emergency room as soon as possible. You need to be examined, treated for any injuries, and screened for possible sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy. The doctor will collect evidence using a rape kit for fibers, hairs, saliva, semen, or clothing that the attacker may have left behind.
  • While at the hospital:
    • If you decide you want to file a police report, you or the hospital staff can call the police from the emergency room.
    • Ask the hospital staff to connect you with the local rape crisis center. The center staff can help you make choices about reporting the attack and getting help through counseling and support groups.
  • The Crime Victim Compensation program is a free program to assist you with items such as medical expenses and counseling. The University Counseling Center has partnered with The Parris Foundation to have a Crime Victim Advocate assist you with the process.

How to Help Someone who was Sexually Assaulted

  • Listen- Do not accuse them or ask why
  • Get them to a safe place
  • Call the police
  • Advise them not to wash or change and take them to the hospital
  • Be understanding and supportive
  • It is not the survivors fault

Precautions for Women

  • You have the right to say no to any unwanted sexual contact
  • Be aware of your surroundings — who’s out there and what’s going on
  • Have a buddy system
  • Watch your drink. Don’t leave it unattended
  • Be assertive — don’t let anyone violate your space
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, leave or ask them to leave
  • Don’t prop open self-locking doors. Lock your door and your windows, even if you leave for just a few minutes
  • Watch out for unwanted visitors. Know who’s on the other side of the door before you open it
  • Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night
  • Stay in well-traveled, well-lit areas
  • Have your key ready to use before you reach the door — home, car, or work
  • Park in well-lit areas and lock the car, even if you’ll only be gone a few minutes

Precautions for Men

  • If you are unsure about her intentions or getting mixed messages, ask for clarification or walk away
  • No means no. If you don’t stop, it is rape
  • Don’t assume she wants to have sex by the way she is dressed or behaves
  • Don’t assume that just because she had sex with you before that she wants to have sex with you again
  • Having sex with someone who is passed out/drugged/intoxicated means they are unable to give consent and if someone can not give consent it is rape
  • Always be prepared to resist pressure from friends
  • Alcohol will interfere with your ability to make decisions and assess a situation
  • If you see someone using force or pressuring a woman, don’t be afraid to intervene

Important Numbers

  • TSU Police- 713-313-7000
  • 911
  • University Counseling Center- 713-313-7804
  • Crime Victim Compensation- 713-313-7804
  • Sexual Assault Hotline  (713) 528-RAPE (7273)
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline  at 800-656-HOPE (4673)


Additional Resources 

App to help keep you safe

Circle of 6: Android, IOS

Title IX

Facts and Tips to Prevent Sexual Assault

Facts about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (Click thumbnail below)

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