Sexual violence is a broader term than sexual assault. The term encompasses sexual homicide, rape, incest, molestation, fondling, stalking, intimate partner violence, and verbal harassment of a sexual nature. Sexual violence includes creating an environment that feels unsafe based on sexual messages or images.
Sexual violence is a sexual act that is completed or attempted against a victim's will or when a victim is unable to consent due to age, illness, disability, or the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The act may involve actual or threatened physical force, use of weapons, coercion, intimidation or pressure.
In addition to support that may be found in family and friends, the following agencies and departments can serve as resources for you.
It is important to be aware that different individuals who you may contact for assistance following an incident may have different responsibilities regarding confidentiality, depending on their position. Under state law, some individuals can assure the victim of confidentiality, including counselors and certified victims’ advocates. In general, however, any other university employee cannot guarantee complete confidentiality, unless specifically provided by law. As is the case with all colleges and universities, the University must balance the needs of the individual victim with an obligation to protect the safety and well-being of the community at large.
Policy and Procedure downloads
- INTERIM SEXUAL MISCONDUCT, DISCRIMINATION, AND HARASSMENT POLICY
- INTERIM GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES FOR FORMAL COMPLAINTS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND MISCONDUCT
- Appendix C: INTERIM Grievance Procedures for Formal Complaints of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
Student Wellness Center (Cameron): North Shepler, Room 101, 580-581-6725
Taliaferro Community Mental Health Center: 580-248-5780
Other Local Services Available to Victims
Office of Equal Opportunity (Affirmative Action/Title IX Compliance): Howell Hall 210, 580-581-6712
CU Office of Public Safety: South Shepler, Room 108, 580-581-2237 or 580-581-2911
Lawton Police Department: 10 SW 4th Street, 580-581-3271
Office of Student Development (conduct): North Shepler, Room 314, 580-581-2209
Comanche Nation Women’s Shelter: 580-492-3590
New Directions Women’s Shelter: 580-357-8127
Comanche County Memorial Hospital: 3401 West Gore Boulevard, 580-355-8620
Southwestern Medical Center: 5602 SW Lee Boulevard, 580-531-4700