Medical and Legal Accompaniment and Advocacy
A sexual assault victim/survivor has a number of decisions to make immediately following an assault. Among them are whether to seek medical and/or law enforcement involvement or not. For some people it’s an easy decision to make. For others it’s much more complex and difficult. The most important thing to remember, though, is that it should be the victim/survivor’s decision alone. The victim should not be pressured or badgered into making the decision. If you were recently sexually assaulted and are struggling with whether to seek healthcare or law enforcement assistance, please call our 24/7 hotline to speak to a trained counselor.
Medical Accompaniment and Advocacy
A counselor will meet you at the hospital to provide support and advocacy. The services we offer include
- Information about your medical and legal options including forensic evidence collection
- Emotional support throughout the examination or evidence collection process
- Informed advocacy
- Assistance with filing for OVS victim compensation while at the hospital
Our staff can provide services at the following hospitals
Legal Accompaniment and Advocacy
SARC counselor/advocates can provide support and advocacy throughout the entire legal process. Among the accompaniment services SARC staff offer are
- Filing a police report at any law enforcement agency in Chemung, Schuyler, or Steuben counties
- Meetings with the District Attorney
- Court and trial dates
- Lawyer appointments
- Parole board release hearings
Our services are free and confidential. We are here to help.
SARC’s community and professional education programs aim to decrease the occurrence of sexual violence by increasing understanding of the problem. SARC provides education and outreach programming free of charge to schools, businesses, and organizations with the goal of preventing sexual violence. Informational and educational presentation topics available through SARC span the sexual violence spectrum and are focused on prevention efforts. These programs can be designed to fit the needs of any audience for people age 12 and up. Examples of the types of programing SARC offers include, but are not limited to:
- Healthy Relationships
- Media Literacy
- Intimate Partner Violence
- Dating Violence Prevention
- College Campus Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention
- Bystander Intervention
- Gender Stereotypes
- Rape Culture
Evidence Based Programming
SARC encourages the multi-session program called The Green Dot for groups that wish to adjust the culture of their community. The Green Dot Program for bystander intervention and violence prevention – with an emphasis on creating a community that does not accept sexual violence as being normal or acceptable - is a great fit for small business communities, high schools, and colleges that wish to create safer spaces whether in a downtown area or on a campus. The Green Dot teaches bystander intervention tactics based on individual personalities, and encourages the idea that by standing up we are – one at a time – changing the culture of where we live.
Compensation for Crime Victims
The core mission of the New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) is to provide compensation to innocent victims of crime for their out-of-pocket losses associated with the crime. In New York State, this compensation is broad and comprehensive, particularly in the area of long-term medical benefits. It provides some financial relief to victims, who often suffer long-term financial loss in addition to the harm caused by the crime itself. As an OVS-funded Victim Service Program, SARC staff can provide assistance in filing OVS claims, as well as follow-up with OVS and advocacy on behalf of the sexual assault victim.
For more information on the types of compensation OVS can provide, please visit the New York State Office of Victim Services or contact the SARC hotline for assistance.