VICTIM SERVICES

WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED

  • Get help!

  • Get to a safe place if necessary

  • Call 878-1212 or toll-free 888-999-5545 to contact an advocate 

  • Call a trusted friend or family member

If you would like to report your assault: ​

  • Call the police 

  • Go to the nearest hospital

  • Do not change your clothes or bathe

  • Try to remember details of the attacker and the assault

If you are unsure about whether or not you would like to report the assault:

  • You can go to the hospital for an evidence collection kit. Having a kit done does not obligate you to file charges. Kits are held for 90 days with a control number, allowing you to have more time to decide whether or not filing a police report is a right step for you.

  • Call the Rape Crisis Center to further discuss the different options, explore your fear or anxiety around certain choices, and get more information so that you can make informed decisions about the next step for you.

A rape crisis counselor will meet you at the hospital or police department to support you through a medical exam and making a statement.  The counselor is YOUR advocate and is trained to answer your questions and protect your privacy. All of our services are  CONFIDENTIAL and FREE!

CRISIS INTERVENTION

This may be a very difficult time for you, you may feel nervous, fearful, guilty, depressed, or confused when trying to navigate the reporting or medical needs process. 
Talking to someone who can help you understand what you have been through may help. The Rape Crisis Center counselors are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Our services are provided by state certified sexual assault crisis counselors as defined in the CT General Statute 52-149(k). They are there to provide you with:

  • A feeling of support, helping to make clear and informed decisions, and develop a safety or action plan

  • Assistance in navigating the legal and medical system

  • Short-term counseling to develop effective coping skills, improve your level of empowerment and use of support systems.

NAVIGATING THE LEGAL SYSTEM

If you chose to make a statement to the police and press charges against your attacker, you have certain rights under Connecticut state law. 

  • Have your conversations with a counselor remain confidential and not used in a court of law without your permission

  • Not disclose your name, address or phone number in the courtroom during any proceeding in the prosecution of your case

  • Have your name and address remain confidential from people not involved in the case and released only by an order of the court

  • Apply for victim compensation for any injury you have suffered as a result of the crime. 

     

In addition, the Connecticut Constitution provides victims the following rights throughout the criminal justice process:

  • Be treated with fairness and respect

  • Have the case heard and resolved in a fair and reasonable amount of time

  • Be reasonably protected from the offender

  • Receive notification of court proceedings

  • Attend the trial and all other court proceedings

  • Communicate with the prosecution

  • Have the opportunity to support or disagree with any agreement between     the prosecutor and the offender, about the charges and sentence, and to make a statement to the court before it accepts the agreement

  • Make a statement to the court at sentencing

  • Restitution

  • Be given information about the arrest, conviction, sentence, imprisonment, and release of the offender.

 

You can rely upon your rape crisis counselor for support throughout the prosecution of your case. ​

Rape Crisis Center of Milford,Inc.

Always Confidential and Free

70 W River St, Milford, CT 06460, USA

24/7 Hotline 203-878-1212 Office 203-874-8712

©2018 by Rape Crisis Center of Milford. Proudly created with Wix.com