UTSA holds 'Take Back the Night' event to end sexual assault

Rally to end sexual assaults

Sexual assault is something people don't talk about yet it's happening all around. Two to three new cases of sexual assault happen in San Antonio every day.

College students between the ages of 18 to 24 is the age group most at risk for sexual violence, which is why the Rape Crisis Center has an office on the campus of UTSA.

But even though the crisis center is steps away, only a few call for help.

Chloe Power/Dir. Community Relations, The Rape Crisis Center

"We're gonna take back that power if we start talking about it and let people know if they are a survivor and they need help, there are people who are here that will gladly listen and talk about it with you," said Chloe Power, director of community relations for the Rape Crisis Center.

Inside the UTSA University Center, a room packed with resources, advocates, and a shoulder to lean on provided help for students.

"As a rape survivor, I was assaulted multiple times throughout my life," said James Meadours, a sexual assault victim.

Last year, the Rape Crisis Center responded to over 900 hospital visits with victims of sexual violence and 16,000 calls to the crisis hotline.

Keep in mind, only half of the victims report the assault.

"Males might not speak out because their ego, they're macho… Mr. Tough guy," Meadours said.

Meadours confided in coworkers after he was assaulted. After finding the help he needed, he now speaks out about his experience to inspire others.

"A long time ago, I felt like it was my fault, but now I realize it's not my fault. It was the person that violated my personal space,” Meadours said.

1 in 5 men and 2 in 5 women in Texas will be raped in their lifetime. Rallies like the one on Thursday night aim at shrinking that number, and eventually making it disappear.

"You should not be ashamed about what’s happening to you,” Meadours relayed to other victims. “Like the movie Good Will Hunting, ‘It's not your fault. It's not your fault.’"

Saturday wraps up Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month. The Rape Crisis Center has a 24/7 hotline for anyone in need of help. That number is 210-349-7273.


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