Sexual Assault Survivor's Bill of Rights
You have rights. You have the right to get answers, the right to information, and a right to know. This card explains key rights, options, and helpful resources.
It’s your choice to:
• Get a physical exam,
• Be part of a criminal case, or
• Report the assault.
No matter what you choose, you keep your rights.
Ask a health care provider, law enforcement officer, or contact your local rape crisis center.
You Have a Right to Know...
• Have a 24-hour confidential sexual assault counselor (victim advocate) or other support person(s) with you during any exam or interview.
• Ask for a Court Order to protect you.
» For protection from the attacker right away, ask a law enforcement officer for an Emergency Protective Order.
» Learn about Civil Protection Orders here: www.courts.ca.gov/1260.htm.
• Ask about test results and evidence from the assault.
• Ask the officer for a case number and how to find out what happens next.
• If you need help to pay for your costs related to the assault, learn more and apply at: www.victims.ca.gov/victims/howtoapply.aspx
• Note: You may have to take part in the criminal case to qualify for CalVCB.