Sexual Assault Resources
If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you think that you may have been sexually assaulted, there are options. Rape is never your fault, no matter the circumstances.
Texas State Student Health Center
Student Health Center provides confidential medical care and referrals to hospitals for a sexual assault forensic exam (sometimes referred to as a “rape kit”). Our pharmacy offers over-the-counter emergency contraception, which can be taken up to three days after unprotected sex to avoid pregnancy. The Student Health Center also offers STI testing
Texas State Counseling Center
Provides free individual and group counseling specific to sexual violence and interpersonal violence for all Texas State students. The Counseling Center is located on the 5th floor at LBJ Student Center, call to make an appointment 512-245-2208. The primary focus of the Counseling Center is to provide short-term counseling to help students deal with personal and adjustment issues that may interfere with the ability to progress academically to their fullest potential. Students meet with clinicians to discuss a variety of concerns. The Texas State Counseling Center offer counseling services in both English and Spanish.
Additionally, Therapy Assistance Online is an interactive, dynamic, easy-to-access online program that provides support for anxiety, depression, and other common concerns that can be accessed on smartphones 24/7.
Texas State Attorney for Students
The Attorney for Students is free to all Texas State students and can help guide you in legal matters. From the moment a student contacts the Office of the Attorney for Students, both the Attorney, office staff, and prospective client enter into a relationship that is ruled by certain expectations. The client can be assured that all of their information is protected by Attorney/Client privilege. This begins the moment the initial contact is made and continues throughout the entire process.
LBJ Student Center 5-1.5
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
HCWC (Hays-Caldwell Women's Center)
The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) serves men, women and children who have experienced or, believe to be victims of, dating violence, sexual violence, sexual assault and child abuse in Caldwell County and Hays County in central Texas. HCWC offers free counseling services to acquaintances, friends, family, partners of survivors, and anyone else who has been adversely affected by sexual violence. HCWC offers counseling services in both English and Spanish. For questions or to make an appointment call 512.396.3404.
Hope Alliance in Round Rock provides a variety of free services to those who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. These services are also available to victims' families, too. Call the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-460-7233.
TXST Monarch Center for Immigrant Students
The Monarch Center mission is to provide a network of university leaders offering evidenced-based research, resources, and support in the form of guidance, strategic initiatives for the academic success and inclusion of DACA and Immigrant students. They are committed to promoting the safety, well-being, and success of these students while maintaining their confidentiality and identity.
TXST Minds Matter
Minds Matter is a mental health resource for students, faculty, and staff. This resource seeks to raise awareness and enhance support for the mental health needs of the Texas State community.
Hays-Caldwell Women's Center 24/7 Hotline
HCWC has a 24-hour hotline for anyone who has experienced or believes they have experienced dating violence, domestic violence, and/or sexual assault. All calls are completely anonymous and confidential.
HCWC's trained hot line operators are ready to provide you with resources or assistance. Everyone is welcome to call—not only survivors, but also their friends and family, as well as anyone with a question about sexual assault or how to support a survivor in their own lives.
FOR IMMEDIATE, ANONYMOUS SUPPORT CALL: 512.396.4357
If someone experiences a sexual assault, they have the option to go to the hospital to receive a sexual assault forensic exam (sometimes referred to as a “rape kit”) within 120 hours to collect DNA evidence. Even if the window for a forensic exam has passed, medical attention may still be an important step if there is bleeding, physical discomfort, or any other abnormal symptoms. A forensic exam is completed at no expense to the survivor and can be requested without having insurance or having to pay for it out of pocket. If able, survivors should try not to change clothes, shower, eat or drink, brush teeth, or use the restroom before the exam. If any of the previous listed have been done, survivors can still request an exam. A police report does not have to be filed to receive a forensic exam and the state of Texas will hold the evidence up to two years, allowing survivors time to decide if they want to report to law enforcement.
If a survivor chooses to go to the hospital for a forensic exam, they have the right to have state-certified advocate accompaniment. HCWC trains and sends out advocates to Hays and Caldwell County hospitals for survivors of sexual assault and family violence.
An advocate is dispatched when HCWC is contacted by the hospital telling them a survivor has arrived or is in route. The advocate will stay the duration of the exam and provide several services to both the survivor and their friends and family who might have accompanied them.
During the exam, the survivor will:
- Have their injuries documented
- Be evaluated for sexually transmitted infections
- Receive appropriate pregnancy-risk prevention
- Obtain immediate crisis-intervention counseling
Hospitals near the San Marcos area that rotate Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) include:
Christus Santa Rosa (formally CTMC) - San Marcos
1305 Wonder World Drive, Suite 105, San Marcos, TX 78666
Ascension Seton Hays - Kyle
6001 Kyle Pkwy, Kyle, TX 78640
Resolute Health Hospital - New Braunfels
555 Creekside Xing, New Braunfels, TX 78130
SAFE's Eloise House - Austin
1515 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX 78741
NOTE: The Eloise House is not a hospital or an ER, but is available 24/7. The Eloise House is the region’s first 24/7 facility solely dedicated to administering free sexual assault forensic exams to sexual assault survivors. Private exams are available to survivors and are performed by specially-qualified nurses who can provide both medical care and evidence collection.
Legal Aid for Survivors of Sexual Assault (LASSA)
LASSA provides survivors of sexual assault with a wide range of free, trauma-informed, client-centered legal services from a network of attorneys.
Reporting to Police - Criminal Investigation
University Police Department: 512.245.2890
San Marcos Police Department: 512.753.2108
Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX (Academic Investigation)
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits sexual discrimination in federally funded educational programs or activities. Under Title IX individuals are protected against discrimination based on sex.
Individuals can file a report for any of the following instances of sexual misconduct:
- Sexual Assault
- Dating Violence
- Sexual Harassment
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Exploitation Sexual Intimidation (Cyber-stalking, Indecent Exposure, etc.)
You can file a report for someone else. You can file a report anonymously. You can file a report using a pseudonym. If you or someone you know are interested in filing a formal complaint through the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX please contact the Title IX Coordinator at 512.245.2539 or email titleIX@txstate.edu. Filing a report with Title IX opens up an academic investigation, not a criminal investigation. If individuals want to pursue a criminal investigation, they can contact Texas State Police Department or San Marcos Police Department.
For additional support call the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) at 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Anyone, of any sex, race, ability, gender, gender identity, and gender expression can experience sexual assault. If you’ve been sexually assaulted—even if you are not sure—you can contact HCWC’s hotline or RAINN for free, confidential help day or night.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Advocates at the National Domestic Violence Hotline are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing relationship violence or an unhealthy relationship or seeking resources or information. 1.800. 799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.3224 (TTY). Abuse is never the fault of the survivor nor is it their responsibility to end the violence. Safety Planning can equip those experiencing abuse with information and tips to help protect themselves while in an abusive relationship and when trying to leave an abusive relationship.
National Dating Abuse Hotline
This 24-hour online and telephone resource offers real-time, one-on-one support for teens and young adults who may be involved in abusive dating relationships or are concerned for friends or loved ones. Additional information and resources can be found at www.loveisrespect.org.
Forge supports, educates, and advocates for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and thier significant others, friends, family, and allies.
Men Can Stop Rape
Men Can Stop Rape provides information on awareness and involvement programs, and resources for perpetrators and male survivors of sexual violence.
1 in 6
1 in 6 supports male survivors of sexual violence and abuse as well as family members, partners, and friends of survivors. They provide online peer support group, 24/7 online support line, resources and trainings for professionals and organizations.
National Women's Law Center
National Women's Law Center works to protect and promote equality and opportunity for women and families through legal and public policy efforts. They combat sex discrimination by providing information, resources, and referrals to legal professionals for those who have experienced sexual misconduct.