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Concerns Related to Identity

While any student can experience interpersonal violence, there are some students that may have unique circumstances based on their identity. Although the list below is not exhaustive, it provides information and resources for students who might be impacted by interpersonal violence and have concerns related to their identity.

What if I am not a U.S. citizen?

  • You have a right to be safe whether or not you are a U.S. citizen.
  • You have a right to make a police report and seek medical attention, regardless of your immigration or citizenship status.
  • If you have questions about your access to services, you may consider contacting the office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). To ask general questions or schedule an appointment, you can call  512.471.2477, Monday through Friday, from 8am - 5pm. For more information, visit: https://world.utexas.edu/isss
  • If this is an emergency and you would prefer to speak with someone from the International Office, call the UT Police Department at 512.471.4441. Calls will be routed to the appropriate International Office staff member.

What if I'm a man who has experienced interpersonal violence?

  • Men have the same right to access services, seek support, and report your experience.
  • Resources that are available at UT Austin for survivors of interpersonal violence are here for everyone, regardless of a student’s identity.
    • For a full list of university resources, please visit: https://titleix.utexas.edu/campus-resources
  • Additionally, national resource centers provide for support, healing, and recovery specifically for male survivors. Consider visiting the websites or contacting the organizations below for more information:
    • Male Survivor 
    • 1 in 6 (for male survivors of sexual abuse before the age of 18) 
    • Men Can Stop Rape, Resources for Male Survivors

What if I was sexually assaulted by someone of the same sex or gender as myself?

  • Sexual violence is perpetrated by people of all genders. The definition of sexual assault is inclusive of whether the perpetrator was male, female, trans, or gender non-conforming identified.
  • Sexual assault is an act of power, control, and violence. It can be an especially confusing experience when the identity of the accused does not align with your sexual orientation. It can also be confusing if the person's gender and/or sexuality does align with your own. The identity of the accused does not in any way reflect your own sexuality.
  • People do not "become" gay, lesbian, or queer as a result of being sexually assaulted.

What if I'm a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Queer survivor?

  • You have the same rights as all survivor to seek safety, make a report, and receive assistance. You may have concerns about experiencing discrimination while seeking services or making a report. UT Austin’s resources are available for students of all identities.
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer survivors may be interested in connecting with LGBTQ community through the programs and services provided by the  Gender and Sexuality Center on campus.

What if I'm transgender or gender non-conforming?

  • You have the same options as all survivors to seek safety, make a report, and receive assistance.
  • Transgender or gender non-conforming survivors may be interested in connecting with LGBTQ community through the programs and services provided by the Gender and Sexuality Center on campus. You may also want to check out resources provided by FORGE

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