Insure the Victim's Safety
Call 911 if the victim is in immediate danger. It is crucial that the victim is safe and is not in a dangerous situation.
If the victim is not in immediate danger, the victim should contact CSO at (972) 721-5911. The shift Supervisor will notify the Director of Campus Safety, who will issue any special instructions. If the victim is a student, he/she should also notify the Director of Student Life.
To ensure the victim's privacy, his/her name should only be release to the Director of Campus Safety and/or Director of Student Life.
If she/he is considering reporting the incident to the police -- whether now, or at some future point --an evidentiary medical exam ("rape kit") is strongly recommended. This will greatly enhance the likelihood of successful prosecution of the assailant, should the victim report the incident.
To preserve evidence for an examination, a victim:
Seek Immediate Medical Treatment
Evidence should be collected within 72 hours of the incident. Even if, however, 72 hours have elapsed, or if the victim has bathed, etc., an exam is still recommended. The victim should know that the medical exam does not commit her/him to reporting the attack. In the event that the victim decides not to report to the police, the evidence collected will be destroyed after 30 days.
Note that materials collected as evidence are likely to include some articles of clothing and/or personal effects.
The victim should be helped to the hospital as soon as possible. Remember, not all injuries are immediately apparent. A medical evaluation is necessary to evaluate internal injuries and test for sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy, in addition to gathering medical information for the police. The mode of transportation depends on the victim's condition and preference. The victim has the option of requesting a concealed identity or pseudonym during the investigation and medical examination. In addition, emergency room personnel will call the local rape crisis center so that a counselor can provide support and education.
Victims have the option to pursue the university disciplinary charges if the assailant is a University of Dallas student. Sexual assault is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Whether the student wants to involve the Irving Police Department or the Office of Student Life, a medical examination is essential. It is always a victim's choice as to whether to report a sexual assault, but reporting an assault (or attempted assault) is extremely important for the protection of both the victim and the community. Reporting an assault does not mean that the victim must prosecute. However, it does begin the legal process if the victim decides to prosecute at a later date.
Seeking Counseling and Support
If an individual has been sexually assaulted, she/he may experience a wide range of emotions such as shock, denial, fear, depression, anger, guilt, and/or embarrassment. Any of these feelings can occur immediately, or they may not surface until months, or even years, after the assault. Recovery from sexual assault is a long-term process. Immediate support and crisis intervention is always needed. Many times counseling can make a major difference in the sexual assault survivor's eventual psychological adjustment. Obtaining counseling does not obligate a student to report the sexual assault to the police.