Sexual violence is a broader term than sexual assault. The term encompasses sexual homicide, rape, incest, molestation, fondling, stalking, intimate partner violence, and verbal harassment of a sexual nature. Sexual violence includes creating an environment that feels unsafe based on sexual messages or images.
Sexual violence is a sexual act that is completed or attempted against a victim's will or when a victim is unable to consent due to age, illness, disability, or the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The act may involve actual or threatened physical force, use of weapons, coercion, intimidation or pressure.
In addition to support that may be found in family and friends, the following agencies and departments can serve as resources for you.
It is important to be aware that different individuals who you may contact for assistance following an incident may have different responsibilities regarding confidentiality, depending on their position. Under state law, some individuals can assure the victim of confidentiality, including counselors and certified victims’ advocates. In general, however, any other university employee cannot guarantee complete confidentiality, unless specifically provided by law. As is the case with all colleges and universities, the University must balance the needs of the individual victim with an obligation to protect the safety and well-being of the community at large.
North Shepler, Room 101
Taliaferro Community Mental Health Center
Other Local Services Available to Victims
Howell Hall 210
South Shepler, Room 108
580-581-2237 or 580-581-2911
Lawton Police Department
10 SW 4th Street
North Shepler, Room 314
Comanche Nation Women’s Shelter
New Directions Women’s Shelter
3401 West Gore Boulevard
5602 SW Lee Boulevard