What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual Assault is a crime of violence, not a crime of passion and is defined as any type of sexual penetration made without consent. Consent must be freely given with words or actions. Consent cannot be freely given if a person is threatened, unconscious, unaware of what is happening, or mentally incapable to consent.
Examples of sexual assault include penetration of the mouth, vagina, or anus with a finger, penis or object.
If you have been, or think you have been sexually assaulted, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. This will provide information about what your options are, how to report sexual assaults, and how the process works.
What does a Sexual Predator look like?
Sexual Abuse Facts:
1 in 5 women are raped in their lifetime
1 in 71 men are raped in their lifetime
As low as 9% of all Sexual Assault cases are reported in Texas. It is the most underreported violent crime in the U.S.
What are my options?
If you are a victim of a Sexual Assault we hope you will report it to APD by calling 911. One of our police officers and victim services personnel will come to you to document important information and answer your questions. If the assault happened within 120 hours of making a report, you will be offered a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) in order to gather evidence as well as assuring your medical and emotional wellbeing. If you are unable to make a police report following the assault, we encourage you to talk to someone. There are many resources you can access, including SafePlace, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAAIN) and National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC.) Also, you can have a SAFE conducted without making a police report. All you have to do is contact SafePlace at 512-267-SAFE (7233).
What happens if I make a police report?
One of our police officers will make sure you are safe. They will document all the important information and forward that to trained Sex Crimes Detectives. Your case will be assigned to an APD Victim Service Counselor who will be available to provide you with support during the entire investigative process. The Detectives will call you within a couple days of receiving the report. You are in control of your investigation and it will be conducted at whatever pace you are comfortable with.
We ask that you make a report even if you haven’t decided if you want to participate with the investigation. The decision to move forward with the investigation is yours and you may stop the process at any time.
How can I check the status of a sexual assault report that I made?
The Austin Police Department is in the process of getting all SAFE kits analyzed. If you have ever made a report and want to check the status of the investigation please call your assigned investigator. If you don’t know who you’re assigned investigator is you can call 512-974-5555 or e-mail.
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Funding for APD Sex Crimes digital messaging and PSAs was provided by the State of Texas
This project was supported by subgrant numbers 2827402 and 1341018, awarded by the state administering office for the STOP Formula Grant Program and Victims of Crime Act Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the City of Austin Police Department and do not necessarily reflect the views of the state or the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women or U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.”