If You Are A Victim…

 

No matter if you are a victim of sexual assault, dating violence or stalking, getting to safety is the first priority.  Immediately, get assistance from any of your on campus resources to ensure your safety. Seek the help of a friend or family member if you are unable to reach any of the on campus resources.   

To All Victims:

Don’t blame yourself. Being a victim is not your fault. Seek help if you find yourself angry, depressed, traumatized, hopeless, anxious, sleepless (from thinking about your victimization), sad, unable to resume normal activities, unable to focus on schoolwork or frightened.

Take the situation seriously. Sexual Assault, Dating Abuse and Stalking are all crimes under Texas law.

If and when you feel comfortable, PVAMU encourages you to report these crimes to an authority – campus faculty, staff, CAs, Prairie View University Police, Waller County Sheriff Department, Student Conduct Officer, or anyone who can help. While you do not have to formally report your victimization to police officers, you should still talk to someone you can trust about your situation in order to start your journey of healing.

Call an on campus RSVP advocate at 936-261-1468 to help you through this difficult time. Remember, talking to an advocate is free and confidential.

To Dating Abuse Victims:

Work out a safety plan with an advocate (call the RSVP advocate at 936-261-1468 for a free, confidential safety assessment).

Keep your cell phone charged and easily accessible at all times.

Keep critical phone numbers (UPD, RSVP, friends and family etc…) in your cell phone.

Let someone know where you are at all times.

Vary your patterns/ routes to work/ schedule if possible.

If you are being abused, get a friend you trust to take photos of any bruises or marks you have sustained. Keep any threatening texts, emails, letters, social media posts etc. sent by your abuser.

To Sexual Assault Victims:

If you are sexually assaulted, it is important that you go to the hospital as quickly as possible. As difficult as it may be, do not bathe, take a shower, or douche. Save the clothes you are wearing including underwear.

Keep all evidence.

To Stalking Victims:

If you are being stalked, keep all gifts, cards, letters, emails, texts, damaged property, social media posts etc… sent by the stalker.

Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Be careful about sharing your personal information.

Vary your patterns/ routes to work/ schedule if possible.

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