Know Your Rights (Sexual Assault)

The information and resources below provide basic information regarding your rights as a victim of sexual assault. For more information or to speak with an advocate, please call The Laurel Center at 540-667-6466.

For the Information Guide for Sexual Assault Victims published by the Department of Criminal Justice Services click here

If you have been sexually assaulted:

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Tell someone you trust.
  • Get medical attention.
  • Report it to the police (if you are able).
  • Know you are not alone. Call The Laurel Center 24-hours a day at 540-667-6466.

If your child discloses that someone sexually abused him or her:

  • Believe your child.
  • Get medical attention for your child.
  • Take steps to ensure the safety of your child from further abuse.
  • Find a support system for yourself so that you can be strong for your child.
  • Report the abuse to the police or to Child Protective Services.
  • Know that we can help. Call The Laurel Center 24-hours a day at 540-667-6466.

    Access to forensic examinations:
    Effective July 1, 2008, victims of sexual assault are no longer required to participate in the criminal justice system or cooperate with law enforcement in order to have a forensic medical examination or for that examination to be paid for. NOTE: Mandatory reporting requirements for child and elder abuse still apply. Click here for a full description of your rights under this new legislation.

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