SAFE Alliance warns of increased risk of sexual assault during SXSW


AUSTIN (KXAN) — When the number of people in Austin grows during events like SXSW, so do the risks for crime.

Sexual assault advocates are reminding both men and women to be careful as they’re out meeting new people, in situations where alcohol might be involved.

The SAFE Alliance wants everyone to know that they have resources available around the clock for anyone who becomes a victim of a sexual assault or rape.

“It doesn’t really matter what you’re wearing, what you’ve been drinking, where you were, how late you were there, what kind of rideshare you got in, or who you were flirting with earlier that night,” said Juliana Gonzalez, SAFE Alliance Senior Director of Sexual Assault Services. “There’s absolutely nothing that a person does that commits them to a sexual act at any point.”

Anyone who feels something happened that wasn’t right, can either call police or the SAFE Alliance Hotline at 512.267.SAFE (7233).

SAFE Alliance is open around the clock to give sexual assault screenings, STI prevention, emergency contraceptives, and other resources. Those services can be accessed without ever going to the police or the ER.

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