Sexual assault affects everyone, either directly or through the experiences of those we care about.
It is common for survivors of sexual assault to have feeling of embarrassment, anger, guilt, panic, depression, and fear. These feelings can last for even several months or years after the attack.
Other common reactions include:
- loss of appetite
- nausea or stomachaches
- loss of memory
- trouble concentrating and changes in sleep patterns
What to do if your family member or friend tells you they have been sexually assaulted while in custody:
- REPORT THE ATTACK TO A STAFF MEMBER IMMEDIATELY. This is the quickest way to get the investigation started and get the person to safety. The longer you wait to report the attack the more difficult it is to obtain the evidence necessary for a criminal investigation.
- If you do not feel comfortable reporting the assault to staff, then you may call the PREA hotline at 512-267-7233 to report it or let the jail administration know.
False reporting of an allegation of rape, sexual assault, or sexual activity will be reviewed for prosecution.