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Information and Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault

  • Cathey Soutter, Ph.D., Coordinator of Psychological Services For Women 214-768-4795
  • Counseling and Psychiatric Services 214-768-2277

GO TO A SAFE PLACE AND TELL SOMEONE...

a trusted friend, an advisor, or for FREE CONFIDENTIAL counseling and/or information about what to do, call 214-768-4795.

REPORT THE ASSAULT...

It's YOUR decision, but reporting a rape to University officials or filing a police report does not initiate criminal charges. Only by signing a criminal complaint do you begin criminal prosecution.

Call 911 to access the police in your area. If calling 911 from a campus phone, you will reach the SMU Police Department. Otherwise, to contact the SMU Police Department, call 214-768-3333 or one of the blue light phones on campus. This is important because you need to:

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION...

as soon as possible. You could be injured, become pregnant or be exposed to STI’s. In addition, a medical exam will preserve important evidence. 

***Please DO NOT bathe or douche until after your medical exam.***

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and Parkland Memorial Hospital are the only medical facilities that can conduct an exam that can be used as evidence. SMU Police can transport you to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. If you are being transported by the Dallas Police Department, you may want to request to be taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

The SMU Health Center offers emergency contraception pills, contraception counseling, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections as well as routine gynecological exams at a reasonable cost. Exams performed at the Health Center cannot be used as evidence.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas recognizes the need to help sexual assault victims right away — and begin the healing process the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. Victims can be seen and treated at any time of the day or night in the emergency department. SANE-certified nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and know that when a sexual assault crisis strikes, it's important for victims to be cared for in a safe, respected and professional manner — all while working to collect valid medical forensic evidence. 

OBTAIN COUNSELING...

You may have a trained counselor from SMU accompany you to the hospital (or meet you there) by calling 214-768-4795 or after 5:00 PM call the emergency number given in the voice mail message or a counselor is available at the hospital, OR after arrival, Presbyterian or Parkland Hospital staff will contact the Dallas County Rape Crisis Center for you if you wish to see a counselor or will contact a counselor from SMU. It is your choice.

Sexual assault can continue to affect you emotionally and physically. You may be experiencing a variety of feelings: shock, denial, fear, numbness, mistrust, powerlessness, and/or self-blame. These feelings may cause you to behave in ways you normally would not. You may be experiencing disturbances in you sleeping patterns, and your eating habits may change. You may find that you do not wish to be alone or that you fear strangers.

Remember that recovery takes time and that counseling can help you deal with these issues and concerns.

WHATEVER YOU DECIDE - ALL COUNSELING IS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL

SMU Title IX Harassment Policy prohibits sexual misconduct

Sexual misconduct is prohibited by SMU’s Title IX Harassment Policy, Policy 2.5.1, and the federal law Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

  • SMU’s Title IX Harassment Policy is online in the University Policy Manual, smu.edu/policy, and on the Office of Institutional Access and Equity website, smu.edu/iae.

Sexual misconduct encompasses all forms of sexual harassment, including gender-based harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual exploitation. Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated in the SMU community. Learn more about sexual misconduct definitions and examples, including sexual assault and consent.

Students found responsible for sexual misconduct face disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University.

As defined by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance, including SMU.

Title IX requires universities and colleges to investigate reports of sexual harassment and to provide internal grievance procedures. These procedures offer students reporting sexual assault and other acts of sexual violence an avenue for holding violators accountable for their actions, in addition to the criminal process.

Title IX also requires the University to appoint a Title IX Coordinator. SMU’s Title IX Coordinator resides in the Office of Institutional Access and Equity, which develops and manages University policies, procedures and programs of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. The Office serves SMU students, employees, applicants and visitors. SMU’s prohibition against discrimination, including on the basis of sex, includes any employment practice, education program or educational activity.

SMU’s Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators are available to assist students who have questions or concerns regarding sexual misconduct or who wish to file an internal complaint under the University’s Title IX Harassment Policy. The Coordinator and Deputies also can provide students with information about SMU and community resources. Please feel free to contact any of the following SMU employees for assistance. Deputies serve campus-wide; their departments and schools are listed for informational purposes only.

SMU Title IX Coordinator
  • Samantha Thomas, Office of Institutional Access and Equity, 214-768-3601 or email thomassa@smu.edu
SMU Deputy Title IX Coordinators
  • Eve Shatteen Bell, Office of Institutional Access and Equity, 214-768-3601 or email eshatteenbell@smu.edu
  • Denise Gauthier, Office of Institutional Access and Equity, 214-768-3601 or email dgauthier@smu.edu
  • Martin L. Camp, Dedman School of Law, 214-768-2839 or email mlcamp@smu.edu
  • Monique Holland, Department of Athletics, 214-768-1650 or email hollandm@smu.edu
  • Creston Lynch, Student Affairs, 214-768-4434 or email cclynch@smu.edu
  • Reva Pollack, Graduate Studies, 214-768-4202 or email reva@smu.edu

SMU is committed to preventing and addressing sexual misconduct and to fostering a healthy learning environment based on respect and responsible behavior. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual exploitation. Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated in our University community.

If you have experienced any form of sexual misconduct, please know that you are not alone. SMU and community resources can help, including 24-hour emergency response, medical care and confidential counseling. You can choose the resources you are most comfortable contacting.

SMU Sexual Misconduct Booklet (pdf)

For additional information/resources, click here.

RESOURCES FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS:*

For treatment or to contact the SANE department at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas:

  • Emergency help: 214-345-6203
  • General questions about SANE: 214-345-6443

Advocacy and victim services:

  • Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center 
    24-hour hotline: 972-641-RAPE (7273) 
    dallasrapecrisis.org
  • Victim's Outreach 
    24-hour hotline: 214-358-5173

Reporting sexual assault:

  • Texas Association Against Sexual Assault 
    24-hour hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) 
    hopelaws.org

More information:

COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT*

Texas Health Resources provides prevention education services, community awareness and professional development programs to schools, businesses and community organizations.

Community Topics

  • Dynamics of healthy relationships
  • Web-Safety
  • Human Trafficking Awareness
  • Bystander Training

Professional Development

  • Trauma Informed Response
  • Sexual Assault 101
  • Sexual Assault Primary Prevention Training

For more information please contact:

Jetonda Green, LMSW
Community Health Outreach Specialist, SANE Program 
Texas Health Resources
jetondagreen@texashealth.org 
Phone: 682-236-6396

Zelmy Carrillo
Community Health Outreach Specialist, SANE Program 
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas 
zelmycarrillobarrera@texashealth.org
Phone: 214-345-7468

 

* From the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas website.