Victim's Right to KnowSchreiner 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.
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.
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:
- 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)
- shower or bathe
- brush or comb hair
- urinate (if possible)
- change clothes
- eat or drink anything
- brush or rinse teeth or smoke
- touch things at the crime scene
- 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.