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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, sexual assault is sexual assault regardless of who perpetrates the crime.

(Violence Against Women Act 2005) As of Jan 2009, victims of sexual assault may have a sexual assault forensic exam without reporting it to law enforcement.  State law allows you to have the exam up to 96 hours after the sexual assault.

You will not have to make a decision until further along in the investigative process. You will be given all of the information you need to make an informed decision about what is best for you.

Yes, you have 120 hours (5 days) to have a sexual assault forensic exam (SAFE) and ten years (statute of limitations on sexual assault) to make the report. We encourage victims to report the sexual assault even if it is past the statute of limitations.  Your case cannot go forward with prosecution, but it is important to document the assault and the perpetrators who commit them.

    * I was drinking / drunk
    * I was using drugs, legal or illegal
    * I was dancing with the suspect
    * I was making out with the suspect
    * I went home / he came to my place
    * I had consensual sex previously with the suspect

Yes, the responsibility of sexual assault lies with the actions of the perpetrator.

The Austin Travis County Sexual Assault Response and Resource Team has been recognized nationally for the reform efforts implemented as a result of the Making A Difference Project. This national project was to improve the response, investigation and prosecution of non-stranger sexual assaults.

For more information, see EVAW.

Call 911 as soon as possible.

Sexual assault is forced sexual contact without that person's consent.

The majority of sexual assaults are not reported. Most perpetrators do not just commit one sexual assault. This means offenders are not held accountable for their crimes.