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Sexual Assault: You Have Options

If you have been sexually assaulted
If you have had an unwanted sexual experience
Even if you are not sure what happened

You have options.

Sexual assault is NEVER your fault.

If you are in immediate danger or in need of urgent medical care, CALL 911.

UT students of any gender who have been sexually assaulted or have had an unwanted sexual experience can schedule a sexual assault health appointment with a UHS provider to asses STI, pregnancy, or other health concerns. Students may also choose to access a sexual assault forensic exam for FREE through a partnership with The SAFE Alliance to collect evidence in addition to a physical exam.

Call the UHS Nurse Advice Line at (512) 475-6877 (NURS) to discuss your options, schedule an appointment, or arrange for a forensic exam. Both of these services can be performed at University Health Services during UHS business hours, Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm.

Students in need of a forensic exam outside of UHS hours can call the SAFE Alliance hotline at (512)-267-SAFE (7233).

If you are uncertain whether or not to pursue a forensic exam consider the following support options:

  • SAFE Alliance hotline (available 24/7): (512)-267-SAFE (7233).
  • University Health Services Nurse Advice Line: (512) 475-6877 (NURS).
  • Counseling and Mental Health Center (available during office hours: 9am - 5pm Monday through Friday): (512)-471-3515. When you call, ask for an appointment with a counselor who works with the CMHC Voices Against Violence (VAV) Program.
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Sexual Assault Health Appointments at UHS

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    Who will be performing the sexual assault health appointment?
    Sexual assault health appointments take place at UHS in the Student Services Building and are performed by providers in General Medicine, Urgent Care or Women’s Health.
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    What can I expect during a sexual assault health appointment at UHS?
    Sexual assault health appointments at UHS may include: a physical exam
    STI risk assessment and treatment, as indicated
    assessment for risk of pregnancy and emergency contraception, as indicated
    assistance in connecting with campus support resources

    The UHS providers and staff are here to help you plan your next steps to ensure you are safe and empowered.

    No evidence will be collected during a sexual assault appointment with a UHS provider. If you are interested in evidence collection, UHS staff can help connect you with SAFE Alliance to schedule a forensic exam. More information about forensic exams can be found below.

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    I’m worried I may have been exposed to HIV. What are my options?
    If you are concerned you may have been exposed to HIV, call the UHS Nurse Advice Line (512) 475-6877 (NURS) immediately to be evaluated for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). PEP is only effective within the first 72 hours after exposure.

    More information about obtaining PEP through UHS can be found here.

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    How do I schedule a sexual assault health appointment?
    Sexual assault appointments can be scheduled by calling the UHS Nurse Advice Line at (512) 475-6877 (NURS) during UHS business hours, Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm.

    Please note that sexual assault appointments cannot be scheduled online or outside of UHS business hours. If you are physically injured or in need of immediate medical care, call 911.

Sexual Assault Forensic Exams at UHS

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    If I have a forensic exam, do I have to report the assault to police?
    Choosing to have a forensic exam does not mean that you have to report the assault to law enforcement. Reporting the assault to police is YOUR DECISION.

    The exam can only occur within the first 120 hours (five days) after a sexual assault with police involvement and 96 hours (four days) without police involvement. If you choose to have a forensic exam but do not wish to report it to the police, the evidence will be preserved for two years. During this time, you can make the decision about whether or not to report the assault to law enforcement.

    If you have a forensic exam at UHS, nothing about the exam will be added to your UHS health record unless there is a need for you to see a UHS provider due to a physical injury. Due to legal requirements, a report will be submitted to the university containing anonymous (non-identifying) information about the assault. This is not the same as informing or filing a report with the police.

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    Where can I get a forensic exam?
    SAFE nurses will meet you where you are. Forensic exams can be performed at UHS during regular business hours, at Eloise House on SAFE’s campus 24/7, or at a nearby hospital or clinic.

    Call the SAFE Alliance hotline at (512)-267-SAFE (7233).

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    Who will be performing the forensic exam?
    Forensic exams are provided by qualified SAFE Alliance nurses who will meet with you before the exam to discuss the exam proceedure. You have the option to have an advocate present during the exam who is there to support you, provide resources and help explain your options. What you say to the advocate is confidential.

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    How do I prepare for a forensic exam?
    There is nothing special you must do before a forensic exam. If possible, it helps in collecting evidence to refrain from the actions listed below. If you have done these things it is okay. You can still have a forensic exam.

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    What can I expect during a sexual assault forensic exam?
    The exam may include: medical care
    medicines to prevent infection and/or pregnancy
    talking about the assault
    checking for and photographing injuries
    swabbing the skin
    collecting clothing
    taking blood and urine samples

    A friend or advocate can join you for all or part of the exam. If there is any part of the exam you are uncomfortable with, you can stop, pause, or skip that step at any point.

Additional Campus Support Resources

Voices Against Violence, a program of the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC), provides support to survivors of sexual violence through advocacy appointments, individual counseling sessions, and group counseling. VAV's survivor's emergency fund provides financial assistance to student survivors of sexual violence, relationship violence, and/or stalking. To learn more or make an appointment, call (512)-471-3515.

Student Emergency Services helps students and their families during difficult or emergency situations. Assistance includes outreach, advocacy, intervention, support, and referrals to relevant campus and community resources. Please note, this office does not provide counseling services.

The Title IX Office assists in reporting if you choose to move forward with making a report to the police. Whether or not you decide to report the assault to police is your choice. More information about reporting options can be found here.

Counseling, legal advocacy, and other support services are also available at SAFE Alliance. Call the hotline at (512)-267-SAFE (7233) for more information.




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