Sexual Assault Resources
If you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you think that you may have been sexually assaulted, there are options. Rape is never your fault, no matter the circumstances.
Sexual Assault Resource Card
Anyone can be affected by sexual violence. If you or someone you know needs resources or have questions Texas State can help. We have compiled a sexual assault resource card with both confidential support and reporting resources. Download a sexual assault resource card. For more resources, visit the Supporting and Reporting For All Bobcats webpage.
Texas State Student Health Center
The Texas State Student Health Center provides confidential medical care and referrals to hospitals for a forensic sexual assault exam (Rape Kit). To make an appointment call 512.245.2161. Our pharmacy offers over-the-counter emergency contraception for $25, which can be taken up to three days after unprotected sex to avoid pregnancy.
Texas State Counseling Center
The Texas State Counseling Center provides Individual and group counseling services free of charge to currently enrolled Texas State students. Located on the 5th floor at LBJ Student Center. To make an appointment call 512-245-2208. The primary focus of the Counseling Center is to provide short-term counseling to help students deal with personal and adjustment issues that may interfere with the ability to progress academically to their fullest potential. Students meet with clinicians to discuss a variety of concerns. The Texas State Counseling Center offer counseling services in both English and Spanish.
Attorney for Students
The Attorney for Students is free to all Texas State students and can help guide you in legal matters. From the moment a student contacts the Office of the Attorney for Students, both the Attorney, office staff, and prospective client enter into a relationship that is ruled by certain expectations. The client can be assured that all of their information is protected by Attorney/Client privilege. This begins the moment the initial contact is made and continues throughout the entire process.
LBJ Student Center 5-1.5
601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666
HCWC (Hays-Caldwell Women's Center)
The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) serves men, women and children who have experienced or, believe to be victims of, dating violence, sexual violence, sexual assault and child abuse in Caldwell County and Hays County in central Texas. HCWC offers free counseling services to acquaintances, friends, family, partners of survivors, and anyone else who has been adversely affected by sexual violence. HCWC offers counseling services in both English and Spanish. For questions or to make an appointment call 512.396.3404.
Campus Advocate (New Service)
Health Promotion Services in the Student Health Center is partnering with the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) to bring a Campus Advocate to the Texas State University campus in San Marcos. Due to COVID-19, the campus advocate will be seeing students via Telehealth. For questions or to make an appointment call 512.396.3404.
The advocate is able to meet with current Texas State University students who have experienced sexual violence. When meeting with the confidential HCWC advocate, students may share as much or as little as they feel comfortable. Services include, but are not limited to:
- Offering a safe and private setting to discuss questions, concerns and experiences regarding an incident of violence
- Providing information about students’ rights and options regarding the Title IX reporting and investigation process
- Information about and assistance with filing a criminal complaint with the police or taking other legal action, such as help filing a protective order
- Assistance and support throughout the criminal justice or university Title IX process including escorts to all necessary appointments and court proceedings
- Exploring academic, housing, medical and financial accommodations
- Referrals for on- and off-campus resources
- Developing a safety plan
- Victims/Survivors will remain in control of all decisions that are made about their healing process and courses of action
For questions or to make an appointment call 512.396.3404.
For additional support call the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) at 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Anyone, of any sex, race, ability, gender, gender identity, and gender expression can experience sexual assault. If you’ve been sexually assaulted—even if you are not sure—you can contact HCWC’s hotline or RAINN for free, confidential help day or night.
HCWC has a 24-hour hotline for anyone who has experienced or believes they have experienced dating violence, domestic violence, and/or sexual assault. All calls are completely anonymous and confidential.
HCWC's trained hot line operators are ready to provide you with resources or assistance. Everyone is welcome to call—not only survivors, but also their friends and family, as well as anyone with a question about sexual assault or how to support a survivor in their own lives.
For immediate, anonymous support call: 512.396.4357.
If you were assaulted within 120 hours, there is still a chance to have a forensic exam (Rape Kit) to collect DNA evidence. Even if the window for a forensic exam has passed, medical attention may still be an important step if you are experiencing bleeding, physical discomfort or any other abnormal symptoms. A Rape Kit is completed at no expense to the survivor and can be requested without having insurance or having to pay for it out of pocket. If able, please try not to change your clothes, shower, eat or drink, brush your teeth, or use the restroom before the exam. If you have done any of the above, you can still have the exam done. A police report does not have to be filed to get a Rape Kit and the state of Texas will hold the evidence up to two years for the survivor to determine if they want to press charges.
If a survivor chooses to go to the hospital for a forensic exam, they have the right to have state-certified advocate accompaniment. HCWC trains and sends out advocates to Hays and Caldwell County hospitals for survivors of sexual assault and family violence.
An advocate is dispatched when HCWC is contacted by the hospital telling them a survivor has arrived or is in route. The advocate will stay the duration of the exam and provide a number services to both the survivor and their friends and family who might have accompanied them.
Hospitals near the San Marcos area that rotate Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) include:
Christus Santa Rosa (formally CTMC) - San Marcos
1305 Wonder World Drive, Suite 105, San Marcos, TX 78666
Ascension Seton Hays - Kyle
6001 Kyle Pkwy, Kyle, TX 78640
Resolute Health Hospital - New Braunfels
555 Creekside Xing, New Braunfels, TX 78130
SAFE's Eloise House - Austin
1515 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX 78741
NOTE: The Eloise House is not a hospital or an ER, but is available 24/7. The Eloise House is the region’s first 24/7 facility solely dedicated to administering free sexual assault forensic exams to sexual assault survivors. Private exams are available to survivors and are performed by specially-qualified nurses who can provide both medical care and evidence collection.
Title IX - Academic Investigation
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits sexual discrimination in federally funded educational programs or activities. Under Title IX individuals are protected against discrimination based on sex.
Individuals can file a report for any of the following instances of sexual misconduct:
- Sexual Assault
- Dating Violence
- Sexual Harassment
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Exploitation
- Sexual Intimidation (Cyber-stalking, Indecent Exposure, etc.)
You can file a report for someone else. You can file a report anonymously. You can file a report using a pseudonym. If you or someone you know are interested in filing a formal complaint through the Title IX office please contact the Title IX Coordinator at 512.245.2539 or email titleIX@txstate.edu. Filing a report with Title IX opens up an academic investigation, not a criminal investigation. If individuals want to pursue a criminal investigation, they can contact Texas State Police Department or San Marcos Police Department.