Message regarding COVID-19

As of March 19, 2020
In order to do our part in protecting vulnerable populations and to slow the transmission of COVID-19, many programs of the Alliance will be limiting in-person contact during the crisis. This has not been an easy decision, but we want to ensure everyone that services will still be provided to anyone that needs them.

Mountain Crisis Services will be limiting in person services for survivors at our office. Some in-person appointments will be necessary and will be scheduled by staff. Our hotline will be operational 24/7, our domestic violence shelter is still operating, and all counseling will be done via telephone or through video-based services. Legal Advocacy will still be available and advocates will still accompany survivors to court.

The Alliance provides services to some of the most vulnerable people in our community and we will continue throughout this crisis. We are working diligently to ensure our staff are supported during this time so that we can continue to offer these vital services. We look forward to when our services can resume without restrictions and we will continue to make changes as things evolve. Feel free to reach out to any of our programs to learn how to access services or how you can be a support during this time.

Your Rights

RIGHTS OF RAPE VICTIMS

Every victim of sexual assault should have the right:

  • To be treated with dignity and respect by institutional and legal personnel
  • To have as much credibility as a victim of any other crime
  • To be considered a victim of rape when any unwanted act of sex is forced on her/him through any type of coercion, violent or otherwise
  • To be asked only those questions that are relevant to a court case or medical treatment
  • To report or not report the rape to the police
  • To receive medical and mental health treatment, or participate in legal procedures only after giving her/his informed consent (information should include all options)
  • To be treated in a manner that does not usurp control from the victim, but which enables her/him to determine her/his needs and how to meet them
  • To not be exposed to prejudice against race, age, class, lifestyle or occupation
  • To have access to support persons, such as advocates, outside of the institutions
  • To have access to peer counseling
  • To be provided with information about her/his rights
  • To have the best possible collection of evidence for court
  • To not be asked questions about prior sexual experience
  • To have common reactions to rape such as sleeplessness, nightmares, hostility towards men, anxiety, fear etc. and no be considered pathological behavior
  • To have access to a secure living situation or other measures that might help to allay fears of future assault
  • To be assured strict confidentiality
  • To be considered a victim of rape regardless of the assailant’s relationship to the victim, such as the victim’s spouse
  • To have deterred her/his assailant by any means necessary. No victim should be criminally prosecuted for harming the assailant during or within a reasonable period of time after the rape; or for harming the assailant in the process of preventing an attempted rape
  • To receive medical treatment without parental consent if she/he is a minor
  • To have access to legal advice
  • To have a preliminary hearing in each case when an arrest has been made
  • To have the case prosecuted by criminal justice personnel who support if the case goes to court
  • To be advised of the possibility of a civil suit

-Rape Crisis Center, Washington DC 1976