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Concerns Related to 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 was sexually assaulted?

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 accused 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.
  • Straight people who are assaulted by persons of the same gender can sometimes develop confusion or questions about their sexuality. Being sexually assaulted has nothing to do with sexual orientation: past, present, or future. 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 any other survivor to seek safety, make a report, and receive assistance. You may have concerns about experiencing discrimination while seeking services or making a report.
  • 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 any other survivor 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: http://forge-forward.org/anti-violence/for-survivors

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Sexual Violence
Dating and Relationship Violence
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Stalking
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