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Reporting Sexual Violence

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual assault, please refer to the following information and resources both on and off campus. 

What to do immediately after a sexual assault
Your safety is important. Go to a safe place away from the perpetrator and call 9-1-1 or 7-9-1-1 from a campus phone.

Report the assault to authorities

You may file a police report with Campus Police for sexual assaults occurring on campus or with local police for sexual assaults occurring off campus.

Campus Police – 903-463-8777 during regular business hours. If no answer, call or text the 24-hour Campus Police Department cell phone at 903-814-3343.

For immediate sexual assault victim services, contact the Grayson County Crisis Center 24-Hour hotline, at 903-893-5615. 


Medical Health Services

Immediate medical attention may be necessary to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infection and possible pregnancy. Within 24 to 48 hours the most evidence can be collected at a hospital emergency room; however, some evidence can be collected for up to 72 hours. Do not bathe or shower, change clothes, douche, brush teeth, urinate, defecate, etc. Bring a set of clothes to change into after the exam. The hospital might want to keep some or all of the clothes worn during the assault for evidence. Preserving evidence is critical for criminal prosecution.  Even if you're not sure you want to prosecute, you might want to consider an evidence exam to collect and store physical evidence in case you do decide to prosecute at a later time. 

The following locations have specially trained sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) on staff. 
Methodist Health Systems, Dallas, Texas Dallas ER – 214-947-8181
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, Texas  Dallas ER - 214-345-6203
Gainesville, Texas Sexual Assault Interagency Forensic Team 940-665-2873

Within 72 hours the survivor can be treated prophylactically for certain STDs and within 120 hours for pregnancy.

After 72 hours, still encourage the survivor to seek medical attention. It is important to make sure no internal damage was done. Also important is follow-up testing for STDs such as HIV.


Mental Health Services

On-campus free, individual counseling is available, whether the assault occurred recently or years ago. You might offer to help the survivor by accompanying her or him to the Counseling Center to schedule the first visit. To make an appointment to talk to a counselor at Grayson College about sexual assault concerns, please call 903-463-8695. 

Counseling Office Hours
August through May
Monday & Tuesday 8 am – 6 pm
Wednesday through Friday 8 am – 4 pm

Summer Hours
Monday & Tuesday 7 am – 6 pm
Wednesday 7 am – 5 pm
Thursday 7 am – 4pm

Mental Health Services are also provided free of charge in Texas through the Crime Victims' Compensation Program


What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is defined as any non-consensual sexual contact or behavior.

Sexual Abuse (a.k.a. Sexual Assault) is defined by Texas Penal Code 22:011:  

Any sex act between persons is sexual abuse by either of the persons when the act is performed with the other person in any of the following circumstances:

1. The act is done by force or against the will of the other. If the consent or acquiescence of the other is procured by threats of violence toward any person or if the act is done while the other is under the influence of a drug inducing sleep or is otherwise in a state of unconsciousness, the act is done against the will of the other.
2. Such other person is suffering from a mental defect or incapacity which precludes giving consent, or lacks the mental capacity to know the right and wrong of conduct in sexual matters.
3. Such other person is a child.


What we can all do to help prevent sexual assault:

Think about whether you really want to have sex with someone who doesn't want to have sex with you; how will you feel afterwards if your partner tells you she/he didn't want to have sex.

If you are getting a double message from your partner, speak up and clarify what he/she wants. If you find yourself in a situation with a partner who is unsure about having sex or is saying "no," back off. Suggest talking about it.

Be sensitive to partners who are unsure whether they want to have sex. If you put pressure on them, you might be forcing them.

Do not assume you both want the same degree of intimacy. Your partner might be interested in some sexual contact other than intercourse. There may be several kinds of sexual activity you might mutually agree to share.

Stay in touch with your sexual desires. Ask yourself if you are really hearing what he/she wants. Do not let your desires control your actions.

Communicate your sexual desires honestly and as early as possible.

Do not assume his/her desire for affection is the same as a desire for sex.

A partner who turns you down for sex is not necessarily rejecting you as a person; he/she is expressing his/her decision not to participate in a single act at that time.

No one asks to be raped. No matter how a person behaves, he/she does not deserve to have his/her body used in ways he/she does not want.

The fact that you were intoxicated is not a legal defense to rape. You are responsible for your actions, whether you are drunk or sober.

Be aware that a man's size and physical presence can be intimidating to a woman. Many victims report that the fear they felt based on the man's size and presence was the reason why they did not fight back or struggle.


Legal and adjudicatory concerns following a sexual assault:

In the State of Texas, there is no time limitation for reporting the sexual assault to the police and pursue prosecution. The reality is that a report should be made as soon as possible after the assault. The longer someone waits to make a report of a rape, the less likely there will be a successful prosecution.

Civil court proceedings are another option available to a survivor. This course does not result in criminal action against the accused. Rather, monetary damages can be sought through this avenue. A survivor should check with a qualified attorney to pursue this option.

If medical or other monetary losses result from the assault, the survivor might be able to recoup some losses through the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program at (800) 983-9933.


What to do to help the survivor:

  • Let the person be in control of her or his own decisions. Support these decisions.
  • Tell him/her over and over again that the assault was not his/her fault.
  • Tell her or him that no matter what she or he did when the rape happened, she or he acted in the best manner she or he could.
  • Ask the survivor how she/he wants to be treated, especially when doing anything that may violate her/his personal space.
  • Be a good listener. Be non-judgmental and non-blaming.
  • Assist her/him in getting the help she/he wants and needs.

What NOT TO DO:

  • Don't give advice or try to tell her/him what to do.
  • Don't tell him/her what you would have done.
  • Don't ask why she/he didn't scream, fight, etc. This is blaming.
  • Don't ask her or him what they did to "lead him/her on."
  • Don't spread gossip to friends about "what happened."
  • Don't expect her/him to "get back to normal" right away.


Reporting sexual assaults on-campus

Campus Police – 903-463-8777 during regular business hours. If no answer, call or text the 24-hour Campus Police Department cell phone at 903-814-3343.

The Title IX Coordinators will begin an investigation upon request and will assume responsibility for your ongoing opportunities to take full advantage of your educational program.

Title IX Coordinators

Dr. Regina Organ
Administrative Services Building
903-463-8714
organr@grayson.edu

Dr. Dava Washburn
Administrative Services Building
903-463-8634
washburnd@grayson.edu

If the aggressor was a student, the Deputy Title IX Coordinators will investigate possible violations of the Code of Student Conduct which could result in disciplinary sanctions up to expulsion of a student.


Title IX Deputy Coordinators

Dr. Kim Williams
903-415-2506
williamsk@grayson.edu

Marilyn Power
903-463-8625
powerm@grayson.edu

Michael McBrayer
903-463-8753
mcbrayerm@grayson.edu


For more information, see the complete Grayson College Title IX Policy. Prompt reporting is crucial to help ensure full investigation of complaints and is thus encouraged. 

If a survivor is uncertain about reporting or would like to discuss options, she or he can consult with the Sexual Misconduct Liaison. The Sexual Misconduct Liaison is a Licensed Professional Counselor and confidential resource who needs to report only general information that does not include your name or any identifiable information about you.

Sexual Misconduct Liaison
 
Barbara Malone, Director of Counseling
Administrative Services Building
903-463-8695
maloneb@grayson.edu



Dating Violence Statistics

  • Nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors.
  • College students are not equipped to deal with dating abuse – 57% say it is difficult to identify and 58% say they don’t know how to help someone who’s experiencing it.
  • One in three (36%) dating college students has given a dating partner their computer, email or social network passwords and these students are more likely to experience digital dating abuse.
  • One in six (16%) college women has been sexually abused in a dating relationship.

Long-lasting Effects

  • Violent relationships can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
  • Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI.
  • Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.

Lack of Awareness

  • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
  • Eighty-one (81) percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
  • Though 82% of parents feel confident that they could recognize the signs if their child was experiencing dating abuse, a majority of parents (58%) could not correctly identify all the warning signs of abuse.

Looking for the citations for these stats? Download the PDF from loveisrespect.org



Domestic and Dating Violence Definitions

What is consent?

What is sexual violence?

  • Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to use of drugs/alcohol or an intellectual disability.
  • Sexual violence can occur between friends, classmates, spouses, romantic interests, acquaintances or strangers. Examples of sexual violence include rape, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion.

What is dating violence?

Dating violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship. Some examples include:

  • Physical
  • Emotional/Verbal/Psychological
  • Shoving
  • Punching
  • Slapping
  • Pinching
  • Hitting
  • Kicking
  • Hair pulling
  • Strangling
  • Intimidation (throwing things at you, blocking your way, etc.)
  • Not letting you hang out with your friends
  • Calling you frequently to find your whereabouts
  • Telling you what to wear
  • Having to be with you all the time
  • Calling you names
  • Jealousy
  • Belittling you

What is stalking?

The engaging in a course or conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others, or to suffer substantial emotional distress. Here are a few examples of common stalking incidents:

  • Show up at home or work uninvited
  • Send you unwanted messages
  • Leave unwanted gifts
  • Constantly call you and hang up

 

Campus Resources

Campus Police – 903-463-8777 during regular business hours. If no answer, call or text the 24-hour Campus Police Department cell phone at 903-814-3343.

Title IX Coordinators

Dr. Regina Organ
Administrative Services Building
903-463-8714
organr@grayson.edu

Dr. Dava Washburn
Administrative Services Building
903-463-8634
washburnd@grayson.edu


Title IX Deputy Coordinators


Dr. Kim Williams
903-415-2506
williamsk@grayson.edu

Marilyn Power
903-463-8625
powerm@grayson.edu

James McBrayer
903-463-8753
mcbrayerj@grayson.edu


Sexual Misconduct Liaison
 
Barbara Malone, Director of Counseling
Administrative Services Building
903-463-8695
maloneb@grayson.edu


Community Resources

Denison Police Department 903-465-2422
Sherman Police Department 903 892-7281
Grayson County Crisis Center 24-Hour hotline, at 903-893-5615

Methodist Health Systems, Dallas, Texas Dallas ER – 214-947-8181
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, Texas  Dallas ER - 214-345-6203
Gainesville, Texas Sexual Assault Interagency Forensic Team 940-665-2873

Grayson County Shelter - Shelter, Family Services, and Transitional Housing   903-465-6041

Grayson County Victim Services

General Resources and Services - 211

Salvation Army - 5700 Texoma Pkwy, Sherman, TX 903-868-9602

Texas Advocacy Project

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) 512-474-7190

Texas Sexual Abuse Hotline 800-252-5400

 

National Resources:

Family Violence Legal Line
Phone: 800-374-4673

Not Alone - Together Against Sexual Assault

Partners in Prevention
Phone: 800-799-7233

RAINN - Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network Phone:
800-656-4673

The Hotline - National Domestic Violence Hotline Phone:
800-799-7233 24 hrs

The Turning Point - Rape Crisis Center
Phone: 800-886-7273

ULifeLine – Resources for College Mental Health

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
Phone: 800-421-3481


The National Domestic Violence Hotline
The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
Love is Respect.org
Campus Sexual Violence Resource List

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act
In March 2013, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act was signed into law as part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization. The SaVE Act is an amendment to the Clery Act and requires that all institutions of higher learning must educate students, faculty, and staff on the prevention of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This legislation increases standards of campus response, disciplinary proceedings, and prevention education.

Use the resources on this page to complete your own personalized My Safety Plan document.