If you're ever in need of free and confidential assistance at any time of day, you can call The National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673).
They also have a Live Chat feature on their website here: https://www.rainn.org/
There are also campus resources listed below! Please don't hesitate to seek help!
The UTSA Libraries and ITC are committed to helping prevent sexual harassment, violence, and discrimination, as well as providing support to survivors. We have gathered all these resources for our Roadrunner community, and encourage you to utilize them and share them widely with others who may be in need of them.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Learn more about the movement and UTSA's recognition of it here:
An important aspect of cultivating a safe environment on campus is providing multiple ways to report concerns, seek support and gain resources. We encourage members of the university community to connect to any of the campus departments at this page:
Other resources across campus:
The PEACE Center leads our campus community in a social change movement to end sexual violence.
Our trauma-informed educational programs and direct services aim to promote a healthy and safe environment allowing all faculty, staff, and students to thrive.
The PEACE Center (located in the Recreation and Wellness Center on campus) offers:
A note on confidentiality and mandatory reporting
A mandatory reporter is a UT employee designated by the Title IX Coordinator who is required to report incidents of alleged prohibited conduct under Title IX to the university. This designation applies to all employees in the Title IX Office and all Deputy Title IX Coordinators, as well as certain student employees including, but not limited to, undergraduate and graduate TAs, GAs, GRAs, AIs, RAs, and paid mentors.
Effective January 1, 2020, Texas Education Code 51.252 mandated that "an employee of a postsecondary educational institution who, in the course and scope of employment, witnesses or receives information regarding the occurrence of an incident that the employee reasonably believes constitutes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking and is alleged to have been committed by or against a person who was a student enrolled at or an employee of the institution at the time of the incident shall promptly report the incident to the institution’s Title IX coordinator or deputy Title IX coordinator."
There are a few exception. These are persons designated confidential by the University. Here at the University of Texas at San Antonio the confidential resources available to students are:
All other persons employed by the University of Texas at San Antonio are considered mandatory reporters.
Survivors Faculty and Staff Alliance is an official staff and faculty affinity group recognized by the University of Texas at San Antonio Office of Inclusive Excellence. The organizations stated purposes are:
1) Represent and protect the interests of survivors of sexual violence at UTSA.
2) To promote the individual survivor and address the survivor's specific needs to be successful during their time at UTSA.
3) To encourage the support of new survivors to reach out for help and start their healing journey.
4) Assist in and reinforce the cultural change process on campus to educate on sexual violence and end violence issues.
5) We recognize that healing is a lifelong journey, and we hope to foster healing through connection to other survivors and allies on campus.
If you are interested in becoming a member, partnering with the organization, or in seeing what kind of events the Alliance has check out the organizations RowdyLink (link below)