Sexual Assault Information
Sexual Assault Versus Rape
What is the difference between sexual assault and rape?
There is no difference. Sexual assault and rape both refer to sexual intercourse against the will of another person. However, under Texas law, "sexual assault," not "rape," is the legal term used to define and prosecute sexual acts that are not consensual. Consenting sex requires sober and verbal communication without intimidation or threats.
What is date rape?
Acquaintance assault, commonly known as "date rape," occurs when someone you know forces you to have sexual intercourse against your will.
What to Do
What can you do if you have been raped?
- Go to a safe place
- Call someone you trust to be with you, like a friend or parent
- Call the local or campus police
- Don't shower, bathe or douche after the attack
- Seek care at a hospital
- Preserve other physical evidence such as clothing
- Consider filing charges against your attacker
How can the Windcrest Police Department help me if I am a victim?
Reporting an assault does not mean that the victim must press charges or take the case to criminal trial. After the assault has occurred, the Windcrest Police Department will take you to the hospital and will arrange for a rape crisis counselor to be with you at all stages of the investigation. If you prefer anonymity, the Windcrest Police Department can report the crime under a pseudonym and the crime will be prosecuted without revealing your name.
Even if a victim has not decided whether to press charges, calling the police and going to the hospital will allow for his/her emotional or medical needs to be cared for and will preserve the option of the victim to press charges.
Remember: Sexual assault is a crime and victims should not feel ashamed about the actions of a rapist. If you feel victimized, talking with a counselor or friend can help you understand your feelings. You don't have to be alone.