Safety Topic of the Month
Sexual Assault Awareness
Many of the
sexual assaults on campus involve the use of alcohol and occur with people we
know or people we just met. That does not mean they are less traumatic to all
parties involved. UNM is committed to addressing all sexual assaults in a
coordinated effort across campus.
UNM SMART (Sexual Misconduct and Assault
Response Team) is a group composed of community and university organizations
committed to providing the best services for prevention, response,
investigations, and support for those affected by sexual misconduct. Learn more
about SMART here.
SMART Investigators are a team of professional Law Enforcement
Officers with specialized training, equipment and resources to investigate
cases of sexual assault. A SMART investigator is always on call.
- Protect the
Pack. Pay attention to Bystander
Intervention training. Know that you can make a difference without
compromising your own safety.
- Talk about
it. This helps people who have experienced sexual assault heal, and brings to
light what types of assaults happen more frequently for awareness and
prevention purposes. If you want someone to initiate a conversation on sexual
assault, invite a SMART Investigator. Through investigations and training,
SMART Investigators can share a different perspective. To schedule a SMART Talk
on Campus, call UNMPD at 277-2670.
rape can occur. Keep safe by using the safety services available to you on
campus, such as the LoboGuardian
app for your phone, the blue
light emergency phones throughout campus, and the Escort Service offered by
If a Sexual Assault happens:
- Preserve Evidence. Save clothing, bedding, and text
messages, as well as other communications.
Anyone who has been sexually assaulted is encouraged to contact SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse
Examiners). If you visit SANE within 5 days, your chances of collecting and
saving evidence are good. Even if you don’t want to report it now, you may want
to later. Besides providing a forensic
exam, SANE is a free confidential resource that will take care of your medical
needs, conduct STI/D testing, and provide you with resources.
- Seek Medical Attention as soon as
possible. If you do
not go to SANE, a healthcare professional will treat injuries and provide
- Report the Sexual Misconduct.
can put out a Lobo Alert to
community members if the assailant poses an immediate threat, or for assistance
in locating the assailant.
can transport you to SANE, preserve evidence, initiate an investigation, and
provide resources for accommodations to keep you safe.
not reporting to Police, use a confidential
advocate to help you navigate support and reporting options.
here for a resource guide.