HOUSTON -

The Houston Police Department has unveiled a new tool for victims of sexual assault.

On Friday, HPD officially launched a new Sexual Assault Information Line, which was created to give survivors of sexual assaults a resource to contact HPD about their cases.

The phone line provides survivors an opportunity to contact HPD on their own terms.

"The Houston Police Department is committed to assisting survivors of sexual assault by developing a victim-centered approach to these types of investigations," said HPD Special Crimes Division Captain J. Evans.  "The information line is a resource for survivors.  Sexual assault is about removing power and control from victims and this system puts the victim back in control."

Hours of operation for the Information Line are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

During evening hours and on weekends, a voice mail system will activate, allowing callers to leave a message that will be followed up with a live phone call as soon as possible.  The Information Line will be manned by personnel trained in crisis counseling to ensure callers receive services and additional resources needed.

Survivors of former and new cases can contact the Sexual Assault Information Line at 713-308-1400.