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Getting help in case of sexual assault

It is critical that any student who has experienced sexual assault seek medical attention immediately.

All students also are urged to report sexual assault to law enforcement officials as soon as it is safe to do so; learn more about reporting sexual assault.


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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 care and a sexual assault exam; call 214-345-6203.

  • SMU Police who are trained in sexual misconduct issues are available to transport and accompany students to the hospital; call 214-768-3333. A student who is transported to the SANE program by SMU Police can choose whether to file a police report, but is not required to do so.
  • A representative of SMU Counseling and Psychiatric Services who specializes in sexual misconduct issues also can accompany students to the hospital; call 214-768-4795.

As part of the exam, the nurse examiner gathers forensic evidence that can aid in prosecution. Evidence should be preserved before the exam. Students should not bathe, shower, or douche; they should not eat or drink; and they should not use toothpaste or mouthwash. They also should not wash clothing, bed sheets, pillows or other potential evidence.

For confidential counseling and assistance from counselors who specialize in sexual misconduct issues, call SMU's Coordinator of Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues at 214-768-4795; an emergency contact number is provided at all hours. The Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center is a community resource that provides confidential counseling and a 24-hour hotline; 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 more information, contact SMU’s Title IX Coordinator, 214-768-3601.

 

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