What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is an offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as used in the FBI’s UCR program.
Sex offenses are any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is capable of giving consent.
• Rape – The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by
a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
• Fondling – The touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without
the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or
because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
• Incest – Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is
prohibited by law.
• Statutory rape – Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
What should I do?
The primary concern for survivors of sexual violence is safety and to address medical issues related to physical injury, sexually transmitted infections, and/or pregnancy. The secondary concern is evidence collection to aid in a possible police investigation.
Get to a safe place immediately. Go to your apartment/home, residence hall or to a trusted friend. DO NOT change your clothing or shower. Preservation of physical evidence is of the utmost importance. If you change your clothes, it is important that they are kept in a paper bag to preserve evidence. DO NOT apply medication to any injuries that may have been sustained unless absolutely necessary. Do NOT drink or chew gum or disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Go to a local hospital’s emergency department. Medical attention at the local hospital is required in order to preserve valuable evidence should you decide to seek prosecution through the criminal justice system. It is important to know if you go to the hospital the local police may be contacted. If you suspect that you have been given a predatory drug, such as Rohypnol or GHB, please let the staff at the hospital know. A urine sample can be collected within 72 hours of a sexual assault for predatory drug testing.
Report the assault to a campus official, local authorities or a Campus Security.
Local Police – 911
Campus Safety, 254.631.9097
Vice President for Student Services: 254.267.7010
Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Kent, 254.267.1076
Utilize campus or community resources. The Vice President for Student Services may be able to assist with changes in academic schedules or residence hall arrangements if reasonable accommodations are available. A survivor of sexual assault is always encouraged to consult with trained mental health professional regardless of whether the person elects to file a report with the police or other campus officials. Mental health professionals typically can maintain confidentiality and should discuss their confidential privileges with you. Seeking support after a sexual assault is crucial. Please remember if this happens to you, you are NOT alone. Consider seeking out appropriate support.
The Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights
- Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
- Accuser and accused must have the same opportunity to have others present.
- Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.
- Survivors shall be notified of counseling services.
- Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations.
Students and employees are strongly encouraged to report all crimes. Reporting can protect the survivor’s safety and can help prevent future assaults. If you feel that a Ranger College student or employee’s actions may constitute a violation of policy, please report those behaviors.
Did you know?
Ranger College has a Memorandum of Understanding/ Agreement with the Eastland County Crisis Center to provide essential education, training and services to victims of sexual assault and all employees and students attending Ranger College. For more information, visit the Crisis Center website.