Understanding Your Rights
If you've been sexually assaulted, you are entitled to protections and resources.
A CARE advocate can accompany you to any appointments, interviews and court proceedings throughout the process. Call (951) 827-6225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reach a CARE advocate.
You have the right to:
Reporting on Campus
- To be informed of your right to notify law enforcement, and to be assisted by campus authorities in doing so.
- To be informed of existing counseling, mental health or student services on and off campus.
- To be informed of options for changing academic and living situations if requested and reasonably available.
- Have an advocate and/or support person present during a disciplinary proceeding.
- To be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.
Following an Assault
- The right to receive a forensic medical examination free of charge and without completing a police report.
- Make a police report.
- Have an advocate present with you during the police interview.
- Obtain a copy of your police report.
- Protect your name from public disclosure.
- Request information about DNA testing of the rape kit evidence and crime scene evidence.
- A free medical examination to gather evidence.
- Have an advocate present with you during the medical examination.
During Legal Proceedings
- Have an advocate present with you during interviews with the district attorney.
- Have an advocate present with you during interviews with the attorney(s) for the defendant.
- Be notified of a plea agreement.
- Get witness fees and mileage reimbursement.
- Get time off from work to testify.
- Keep your name, address and telephone number confidential.
- Attend court proceedings.
- Have an advocate present with you during court proceedings.
- Protect information about your sexual history.
Following Legal Proceedings
- Attend sentencing proceedings.
- Make a victim impact statement.
- Get information about the outcome of the case.
- Be notified of the release, escape, recapture or death of the offender.
- Be notified of special conditions of the offender's parole.
- Be notified regarding parole hearings.
- Attend parole hearings.
- Have an advocate present with you during parole hearings.
- Get reimbursement from the California Victim Compensation Board.
- Receive court-ordered restitution from the offender.
- Receive civil recovery.