Sexual Assault Support Resources

About Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Violence and Consent

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public health problem that affects millions of Americans. Intimate partner violence describes physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. This type of violence can occur among heterosexual or same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy.

Consent for sexual activity is generally defined to mean that both people in a sexual encounter agree to it. However, consent cannot be given by someone who is incapacitated or otherwise cannot make the decision to engage in a sexual act. The Texas Penal Code, chapter 22, defines consent in the State of Texas.

How to Report Sexual Assaults

An employee or other individual who believes she or he has been sexually assaulted should immediately report the conduct to the campus Title IX Coordinator:

UNT System Administration
Penny L. Dempsey, Equity Manager & Title IX Coordinator, System Administration
1901 Main Street
Penny.Dempsey@untsystem.edu | 972.338.1125

University of North Texas
Eve Shatteen Bell, Assistant Vice President and Director of Title IX/ADA Coordinator
Hurley Administration Building, Suite 175
Eve.ShatteenBell@unt.edu | 940.369.2759

University of North Texas Health Science Center
Kory Levingston, Title IX Coordinator
Education and Administration Building (EAD), Room 286
Kory.Levingston@unthsc.edu | 817.735.2594

UNT Dallas
Zeva Edmondson, Title IX Coordinator
7300 University Hills Blvd., DAL1 356
Zeva.Edmondson@untdallas.edu | 972.338.1104

Students may find assistance here:

Faculty, staff and students also can report an assault at area municipal police departments, or at these campus police departments:

Student Resources

Find help on your campus:

Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence Resources

Here are some resources available in the cities where UNT System components are located. Human Resources provides this list as a service to faculty, staff and students, but it is not intended as a comprehensive or legal guide. Information on websites and with services listed here is provided by the owner of the website.

SANE Program

The international Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program trains caregivers to offer compassionate care to victims of sexual violence who go to emergency departments and urgent care centers with a SANE program. The SANEs provide the expert forensic and medical treatment needed to increase successful prosecutions of sex offenders and to assure essential medical intervention to victims of violence. Find SANE providers.

Dallas

Denton

Denton County Friends of the Family, 4845 South I-35 E, Suite 200, Corinth; 24 Hour Crisis Line, 940.382.7273 or 800.572.4031. This community-based SANE initiative dispatches SANEs and advocates to area hospitals when a patient reports sexual assault.

Fort Worth

  • JPS (John Peter Smith Hospital), 1500 S. Main Street, SANE, 817.702.1100 (24 hours) or leave message at 817.702.7263.
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth, 1301 Pennsylvania, SANE or leave message at 817.250.4293.
  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital, 6100 Harris Parkway; 817.250.4293, or go to Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth, SANE.

Crisis Centers, Shelters and Information

Assistance for Men

Confidential Employee Assistance Program

UNT System Human Resources offers a free, confidential Employee Assistance Program to assist with family, legal or financial issues. 

Protection Against Retaliation

Retaliation against any person who reports or encourages another to report sexual assault or retaliation, who participates in an investigation conducted under policies, or who seeks assistance or guidance from any UNT System component department or external official or organization authorized to remediate conduct prohibited under this policy ... is strictly prohibited. 

Non-Emergency Questions

If you or someone you know, have been sexually assaulted, please refer to the resources above. If you have a question about policies related to harassment, sexual violence or similar issues, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at HRS.EO@untsystem.edu. Discussions are confidential. 

Equal Opportunity Statement

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence) and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate. The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

More Information

For more information see Sexual Assault Anonymous Reporting