Campus Security: Sexual Assault

Sexual assault includes acts ranging from a stranger rape to emotional coercion for sex by someone the victim knows. Any nonconsensual sexual act is legally defined as sexual assault. Any sexual act with a partner who is asleep, unconscious, intoxicated, or otherwise unable to give consent is sexual assault.

Any student who is the victim of a sexual assault is encouraged to seek medical treatment and to report the assault to local authorities, so that evidence necessary to provide proof of criminal sexual assault may be preserved.

Complaints of sexual assault may be reported to the Dean of Students, Campus Security, Director of Health and Wellness, or the Director of Residence Life. Filing a police report with a University officer will not obligate the victim to prosecute. Students may request assistance in reporting cases of sexual assault to local police by contacting the Dean of Students or the Director of Security.

Schreiner University will investigate all reported sexual assaults and attempted sexual assaults and, where appropriate, will hold disciplinary hearings to adjudicate these assaults according to the procedures outlined in this handbook. Both the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary hearing, and both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceedings brought alleging a sex offense. A range of sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion from Schreiner University are possible depending upon individual circumstances.

Schreiner University will change the academic and living arrangements of the victim of an alleged sexual assault, if requested by the victim and if the changes are reasonably available. The Student Services Office will assist the victim in making these changes.

Education programs designed to promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses are presented during the year. Victims of sexual assault may seek counseling from the Dean of Students, Director of Health and Wellness, Counselor, or Campus Minister. Also, the Hill Country Crisis Council provides individual and group counseling for victims of sexual assault, and has trained advocates to accompany victims to the emergency room or police station. The Crisis Council maintains a 24-hour hotline at (830) 257-2400.

Victim's Right to Know

Schreiner University offers informational programs on the issue of sexual assault (including rape or acquaintance rape) through its Residence Life programs. All students should alert themselves to the dangers, preventative measures, and responses needed to sexual assault.

Definitions
Broadly defined, sexual offenses include any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or without that person’s consent; or where the victim is incapable of giving consent.

Consent
The burden of obtaining consent is on the party seeking to initiate a sexual encounter. Affirmative consent is required, either verbally, or by voluntary acts unmistakable in their meaning. This definition also covers incidents in which a victim is incapable of giving legal consent, which is not the same as factual consent as people may be able to give factual consent as a result of the use of alcohol or drugs, but not be legally capable of so doing.

Procedures to Follow if a Sexual Assault Occurs
The Director of the Counseling, Kerrville Police Department and or Schreiner University Security are the initial contacts on Schreiner University Campus.  Please see contact information.

Self Care and Safety
After an assault, the survivor may be in a state of shock. Although the first reaction will be to bathe or shower, DO NOT. Instead, the survivor is advised to wrap in something warm, such as a blanket or coat. Staying warm, instead of cleaning up right away, will accomplish two important things:
      1. It will help in recovering from the shock.
      2. It is less likely that the evidence will be disturbed or destroyed.

It is extremely important that survivors:

DO
• get to a safe place
• call the police for help
• lock doors and windows
• keep warm
• get medical attention
• write down all they can remember
• take a change of clothing with them to the hospital or sexual assault center. If they must change their clothes, put them in a paper bag to give to the Police (plastic destroys evidence)

DO NOT
• shower or bathe
• brush or comb hair
• douche
• urinate (if possible)
• change clothes
• eat or drink anything
• brush or rinse teeth or smoke
• touch things at the crime scene

DO

  • Call Someone: Survivors are advised to call someone for support immediately. Survivors react to sexual assault in different ways: some are upset, some are angry and some are very calm and controlled. Whatever the reaction, one may make better decisions by talking to a trusted friend or relative, or someone who is professionally trained to deal with sexual assault. In addition, this person can serve as a vital source of emotional support.
  • Seek Medical Attention: It is very important that the survivor seek medical attention as soon as possible after a sexual assault. A medical exam is important for two reasons: (1) it ensures that the survivor receives the appropriate medical treatment, and (2) it is essential in the collection of physical evidence if the survivor decides to prosecute.
  • Call Kerrville Police, 911, or Schreiner University Security: The Schreiner University Security Department is a full service licensed security department that serves students, faculty, staff, and visitors within its jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to report any sexual assault, including acquaintance rape, to University Security and/or Kerrville Police, taking care to preserve all relevant evidence. The safety and well-being of sexual offense survivors is the primary concern of the University and KPD. Kerrville Police will conduct a criminal investigation, and report the findings of that investigation to the State’s Attorney. University Security officials can also assist sexual assault survivors in notifying other authorities, as appropriate.
  • Under Texas Law the victim of a sexual assault may choose to use a pseudonym (a fictitious name).
  • Under Texas Law the victim of a sexual assault is covered under the Crime Victims Compensation Act.
Counseling and Rehabilitation Programs

Campus Services: The University Mental Health Counselor is available to assist students in most mental health issues in the areas of stress, anxiety, depression, grief, relationship/marriage, and sexual assault. The Mental Health Counselor will also assist students in finding help to deal with alcohol and substance abuse problems and assist with referrals when appropriate. The Counselor may be reached by dialing 792-7282.

Name Phone Number Description of service
Alcoholics Anonymous 896-0720 Support for recovering alcoholics

Narcotics Anonymous 896-0720 Support for recovering addicts

Counseling Service
Pat Bowles, LMSW, LCDC

257-7775 General counseling
alcohol/drug counseling

Kerr County Mental
Health Center

257-6553 Mental health treatment center

Hill Country Council on
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

896-8884 Assessment & counseling
for drug & alcohol abuse

Hill Country
Crisis Council

257-2410 For victims of domestic
violence & sexual assault

Pregnancy Center of Kerrville 257-2166 Pregnancy testing, maternity & abortion counseling

Psychology-Counseling
Caroline Williams, Ph.D.

792-4477 Psychological testing &
counseling services

Starlite Village Hospital

800-818-2896 Drug & alcohol treatment center

Kerr County
Independence House
896-7976 Drug & alcohol treatment center


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