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Legal Advocacy

For one reason or another, many victims/survivors find themselves negotiating our legal system at some point after their assault. You don’t have to do it alone! RCC advocates can be there to provide guidance and moral support through part or all of the following processes:

  • reporting an assault to the police
  • filing a temporary restraining order
  • acting as a witness in a court case

Call our helpline (608-251-7273) to find out more about our legal advocacy. Please note that we do not have lawyers on staff and cannot give legal advice.

 

Dane County Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights

Any victim of sexual violence in Dane County has the right to be treated with respect and dignity regardless of gender, cultural background, age, sexual orientation, income, cognitive abilities, physical abilities, or sexual, medical, and mental health history.

 

Treating victims with respect and dignity requires that we acknowledge that sexual violence is wrong and that no one deserves to be, or asks to be, a victim of such violence, nor are victims responsible for the violence committed against them.

 

The Dane County Coordinated Community Response Team developed a Bill of Rights for sexual assault victims in our county. These standards are endorsed by a long list of human service providers, law enforcement officials, departments in the criminal justice system, health care providers, educational institutions, and community and government leaders.