Sexual Assault

Sexual assault takes many forms including attacks such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats. Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person’s body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person’s consent.

Sexual assault is widespread and devastating.   According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey/NISVS (CDC, 2011), nearly 1 in 5 women have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape and over 1.3 million women were raped in the U.S. in one year. Over 80% of women who were victimized experienced significant impacts such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), injury (42%) and missed time at work or school (28%).

Advocates help the criminal justice system respond better and help victims heal.    A 2006 study found that when victims receive advocate-assisted services, they receive more helpful information, referrals and services and fare better in both short- and long-term recovery.     Please contact your advocate with any questions or concerns you may have about the criminal court process or community resources.

In all criminal cases, a Mandatory Protection Order is issued by the court at the defendant’s first appearance (Colorado Revised Statutes Section 18-1-1001). This is generally referred to as the “CRIMINAL protection order.” This mandatory protection order restrains a person from harassing, molesting, intimidating, retaliating against, or tampering with any witness or victim of a crime. The order remains in effect until the final disposition of the case, completion of sentence or acquittal.

The mandatory protection order is different than a civil protection order because it is limited only to the person who is a victim / witness, and focused on protecting a witness in a criminal case.
A civil protection order may be requested from a civil court rather than the court responsible for the criminal case. A civil protection order can include anyone and any conditions that the judge or magistrate believes is necessary for an individual’s safety based upon the information provided by the victim

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911

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