Legal Advocacy

Legal Advocacy

The YWCA of Silicon Valley Rape Crisis Department provides its clients with trained sexual assault counselors to act as an advocate and support person while survivors of sexual assault go through variety of settings, including medical exams, police interviews, and the courtroom. Anyone who seeks medical care related to a sexual assault, reports an assault to law enforcement, or has to go to court is entitled to an advocate from the YWCA Rape Crisis Department. It can be helpful and comforting to have someone with you who has expertise in supporting survivors of rape, sexual assault or abuse.

Advocates are available to survivors to provide emotional support and answer questions. If a survivor decides to have a medical exam following a sexual assault, advocates can meet her or him at the hospital and stay throughout the procedure. Advocates will meet with survivors at any law enforcement agency. They also maintain contact with police investigators and district attorneys to help track cases as they make their way through the judiciary process.

Crisis services are available from trained sexual assault counselors in English and Spanish.

Sexual Assault is ANY unwanted sexual act a person is forced to perform or receive.

This includes, but is not limited to, rape. There are three main considerations in judging whether or not a sexual act is consensual or is a crime.

Contact Cindy Cole, Advocacy Manager, or call her at (408) 295-4011 ext. 209 for more information.