Sexual violence is a broader term than sexual assault. The term encompasses sexual homicide, rape, incest, molestation, fondling, stalking, intimate partner violence, and verbal harassment of a sexual nature. Sexual violence includes creating an environment that feels unsafe based on sexual messages or images.
Sexual violence is a sexual act that is completed or attempted against a victim's will or when a victim is unable to consent due to age, illness, disability, or the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The act may involve actual or threatened physical force, use of weapons, coercion, intimidation or pressure.
You have the right to survive.
As a survivor or patient you have several rights:
- The right to protection from intimidation and harm.
- The right to be informed concerning the criminal justice process.
- The right to reparations.
- The right to preservation of property and employment.
- The right to due process in criminal court proceedings.
- The right to be treated with dignity and compassion.
- The right to counsel.
As a victim of the crime of rape or forcible sodomy, you have certain rights. These rights are as follows:
- The right to request that charges be pressed against your assailant;
- The right to request protection from any harm or threat of harm arising out of your cooperation with law enforcement and prosecution efforts as far as facilities are available and to be provided with information on the level of protection available;
- The right to be informed of financial assistance and other social services available to victims, including information on how to apply for the assistance and services;
- The right to a free forensic medical examination; and
- The right to be informed by the district attorney of other victim's rights available pursuant to Section 142A-2 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes.
Who can help you:As a victim of crime you have certain rights; a coordinator is available to assist you with those rights:
Comanche County District Attorney Victim-Witness Coordinator315 SW 5th
Lawton, OK 73501
24-Hour Safeline: 1-800-522-SAFE (7233)
Safeline provides assistance with safety planning, crisis intervention, emergency shelter and advocacy to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Domestic Violence Hot Line: (580) 357-2500
Vinelink: This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day.
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