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Legal Concerns for Survivors

When people think of sexual violence and law, most think of the criminal legal system. Many people think of police, prosecutors, courts, and jails - all of which are very important for addressing sexual violence and increasing community safety.

Unfortunately, sexual violence can cause intense damage to individuals and communities that cannot be fully addressed by the criminal justice system. One act of sexual violence can undermine a victim's on-going safety, employment, housing, schooling, privacy, immigration status, access to health care, and long-term financial welfare. These consequences can be multiplied in cases involving multiple acts of violence or ongoing abuse. This is especially true if the person who committed the violence is a family member, intimate partner, friend, neighbor, co-worker, or classmate.

Fortunately, many other types of laws can also be used to address sexual violence.

Additional information regarding the law and sexual assault can be found within the legal section of this site by clicking here.

This project was supported by Grant Number VAWA ARRA-2009-KASAP-00034 awarded through the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The Opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women or the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.