Sexual Assault and Rape

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

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If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! Call, Text, or Email. Check out "Ask TEEN LINE", find resources in Youth Yellow Pages, or join conversations with other teens on message boards.

The Basics Everyone Should Know has some basic information to help you think about what you want to do about violence. No matter what your familiarity is with the topic of interpersonal violence, including domestic violence or sexual assault, you may find it useful to read through the Basics section. The information presented here is different from the kind of basic domestic violence or sexual assault information offered in other books, websites and community education materials.

This resource is part of the larger Creative Interventions Toolkit, which can be found here: https://www.lawhelpca.org/index.php/Resource/creative-intervention-toolkit

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If you believe your school has failed to investigate complaints or protect its students, you can also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education"s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the federal government agency charged with enforcing Title IX.

A comprehensive and practical guide for everyday people on how to end interpersonal violence in their community. The C.I. Toolkit gives in depth how-tos on supporting survivors of sexualized/gendered violence, organizing community accountability processes and interventions, and working together to build a future without violence.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

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Domestic violence and sexual assault survivors often need to take time off from their jobs to go to court to testify against a batterer or perpetrator or to get a restraining order to protect themselves and their children. Under California Labor Code 230, which is part of the “Survivors of Domestic Violence Employment Leave Act,” survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are entitled to job-guaranteed time off from work to testify in court as a witness or to ensure the health and safety of themselves and their children. Read more at the link below.

This list is made up of independent sexual assault service providers, including National Sexual Assault Hotline affiliate organizations and other local providers. Staff at these programs are dedicated to helping survivors in your area.

Find out more information about sexaul assault towards men and boys. If you are a survivor know that you are not alone and there are resources available to help.

Immigrant victims are protected by federal law.

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The video introduce you to RAINN's Department of Defense Safe Helpline that offers confidential resources to victims of sexual assaults in the military.

A practical handbook for family members and anyone seeking to address the child sexual abuse in their lives and in the lives of those around them.
This resource shares how to intervene in ways that support the person who experienced sexual abuse to heal from the impacts, and how to respond in a way that allows and requires the person who sexually abused a child to take accountability, and to truly transform their behavior.

For help with treatment and health care related to experiences of MST, please contact your local VA Medical Center and ask to speak to the MST Coordinator.

Chat online with a trained staff member who can provide you confidential crisis support.