Getting help in case of sexual assault
It is critical that any student who has experienced sexual assault find safety and seek medical attention immediately.
All students also are urged to report sexual assault to police as soon as possible; learn more about reporting sexual assault.
Please know that sexual assault can happen to anyone and is never the victim’s fault. SMU and community resources are available to help.
SEEK MEDICAL CARE AND PRESERVE EVIDENCE
Students are urged to obtain medical care, regardless of whether they decide to contact police. At Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) will provide medical care and a sexual assault exam; call 214-345-6203.
In addition to providing medical care, the nurse examiner gathers forensic evidence that can aid in prosecution. Students should preserve evidence before the exam. They should not bathe, shower or douche; they should not eat, drink or use toothpaste or mouthwash. They also should not wash clothing, bed sheets, pillows or other potential evidence.
FOR CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING
SMU Counseling Services provides confidential counseling and assistance from counselors who specialize in sexual misconduct issues. Call 214-768-2277; an emergency contact number is provided at all hours.
The SMU Chaplain’s Office also provides confidential counseling; call 214-768-4502.
The Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center (DARCC) is a community resource that provides confidential counseling and can assist students at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas; call 972-641-7273.
SMU also can assist students by providing no contact orders, letters to professors requesting leniency, escort and transportation services, classroom and housing accommodations, assistance filing protective orders through the district attorney’s office and assistance contacting local law enforcement if the sexual assault occurred off campus.
For assistance or more information, please contact SMU’s Title IX Coordinator, 214-768-3601, or email email@example.com.
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