Reporting a Sexual Assault

If you are sexually assaulted you are encouraged to call the police immediately. Our emergency number is 936-261-1375  or utilize any on campus emergency information call box or telephone. If the incident occurred off campus, PVAMU is willing to coordinate notification to the appropriate law enforcement agency where the incident occurred. Note: when contacting the police, advised them if the suspect is still in the area and if any weapons were involved.

If you are victimized:

    1. Get to a safe place as soon as you can. Go to the nearest lighted public place.
    2. Don’t change clothes, shower, bathe, or douche. Physical evidence is needed in court such as hair, blood types, seminal fluids, scrapings of flesh from the victims nails.
    3. Protect the crime scene. If the attack did not occur in your residence, try to recall the area you were taken so the officers can recover evidence left at the scene.
    4. Get medical attention as soon as possible. A medical examination will provide any necessary treatment and collect important evidence. Injuries may not be immediately apparent.
      The contact numbers are:
      Focusing Families , Hempstead, TX 24-Hour Hotline Number : (979)826-0000
      During business hours : (979)-823-0000
      National 24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline Number : (800) 656-4673
      PVAMU Office of Student Conduct : (936) 261-3554
    5. Campus authorities, including RA’s, nurses, counselors, staff supervisors, or department heads, may assist in notifying authorities, if you wish.
    6. It is critical for the police agency to be informed as soon as possible after the incident so that appropriate steps, such as gathering of crucial evidence and information, can be taken.

It is always a survivor’s choice as to whether or not to report a sexual assault, but reporting an assault (or an attempted assault) is extremely important for the protection of both the victim and the community. Reporting an assault does not mean that the survivor must prosecute. However, it does begin the legal process if the survivor decides to prosecute at a later date. The survivor has the option of requesting a concealed identity or pseudonym during the investigation. Talk with counselors who will maintain confidentiality, help explain your options, give you information, and provide emotional support. You can call,

Focusing Families , Hempstead, TX 24-Hour Hotline Number : (800) 799-7233
During business hours : (979)-823-0000
National 24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline Number : (800) 656-4673
PVAMU Office of Student Conduct : (936) 261-3554

You can also call the Houston Area Women’s Rape Crisis Center at (713) 528-7273.

Contact someone you trust, a close friend or a resident assistant, to be with you and support you. This person may accompany you to the hospital or the police station if you wish. An advocate from the Women’s Center Rape Crisis program can be requested through the emergency room staff.

Pursue charges against the assailant. You may seek criminal prosecution, file charges through the university Judicial process (student life referral via Dean of Studies Office, or sexual harassment charge), or file a civil suit.

You may have rights to compensation and financial assistance, if you report the incident to the police.

Write down what happened, in your own words, to help you better remember if you decide to press charges.

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