Tips from Survivor Advocate
How to Help a Friend
your friend. Don't judge or question the survivor's choices.
Expect a range of emotions
, including lack of emotion and shock.
. Allow your friend to move through the recovery process at their own pace.
them to call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE, but realize that only your friend can make the decision to get help.
Be a friend
, not a bystander. Get involved if you see someone at risk. You might save a friend from becoming a survivor of sexual assault.
What to Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted
Know the assault is not your fault
and you are not alone
Find a safe place
away from your attacker. Ask a trusted friend to stay with you.
Seek medical attention
to test for STI's and pregnancy. Ask the hospital to conduct a SANE exam and tell them if you think you have been drugged. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
in Denton is the only nearby hospital that provides SANE exams.
Want to report the assault
to the police? A counselor or advocate can help you through the process.
of the assault. Do not bathe or wash your clothes. Put your clothes in a paper
Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline
at 800-656-HOPE (4673)
for support from your local rape crisis center.
Travel in packs
. When you go out, go in a group. Check in with each other and leave together. Don't be isolated with someone you don't know or trust.
Trust your instincts
. If a situation feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably is.
Don't feel obligated
to do anything you don't want to. "I don't want to" is always
a good enough reason.
Watch your drink
. Pay attention while your drink is being prepared, don't set it down, and don't take drinks from someone you don't know or trust.
Keep your cell phone with you
and only wear one earphone when listening to music. Walk in well-lit, crowded areas. Stay alert and consider utilizing UNT's Transportation Services
when traveling near campus.
In the Media
Eve Shatteen Bell, Assistant Vice President and Director of Title IX/ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity & Title IX, and Kayleigh Garcia, Survivor Advocate, were featured on an episode of UNT Pod discussing #VolUNTaryConsent!