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confinement. The UH definition of sexual assault captures the essence of the Texas
criminal definition, found in Section 22.011 of the Texas Penal Code.
The perpetrator can be a stranger, relative, acquaintance, or a date. Sexual assault is
not limited to non-consensual sexual intercourse, but involves touching of various
body parts without consent. Under the definition sexual assault has occurred if
there is not consent. Accompanying another to a dorm or bedroom is not affirmative
consent, nor is voluntary hugging or kissing affirmative consent to sexual intercourse.
Voluntary undressing could indicate consent, but even such consent does not deprive
the person of the right to change his or her mind and halt the activity; failure to
acquiesce to the expressed desire to stop would constitute a sexual assault.
Sexual misconduct without physical contacts as defined above is not deemed sexual
assault but may violate university regulations and state criminal laws. Similarly, sexual
misconduct which is lewd, exhibitionistic, voyeuristic, or similar such conduct which
does not involve physical contact may violate university student life policies or state
and university prohibitions against sexual harassment.
If you are Sexually Assaulted
Get To a Safe Place as Soon as Possible
Tryto Preserve All Physical Evidence
Seek Medical Attention
as soon as possible through the Student
Health Center 713.743.5151. It is important to seek immediate and follow-up
medical attention for several reasons:
to assess and treat any physical injuries you may have sustained;
to determine the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, Hepatitis B or
pregnancy and to take appropriate medical measures; and
to gather evidence which would aid criminal prosecution. Physical evidence
should be collected immediately, ideally within the first 24 hours. It may be
collected later than this, but the quality and quantity of evidence may be
Seek Counseling
by calling Counseling and Psychological Services
CAPS) at 713.743.5454, the Women’s Resource Center at 832.842.6191, the
Rape Crisis Center at 713-528-RAPE, 528-7373 or the Houston Area Women’s
Center at 713.528.6798. Whenever Counseling and Psychological Services is
closed, an on-call clinician can be reached through the university police dispatcher
at 713.743.3333. The clinician will help explain your options, give information,
and provide emotional support.
This office has staff specially trained in how to advise victims of
sexual misconduct.
to be with you for support.