AdvocacyCommitted to our community.
What Is An Advocate?
Did you know, as a survivor of sexual assault, you have a legal right to a Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocate?
When a survivor reports a sexual assault to police, the agency
must immediately notify the local rape crisis center and will
transport the survivor to and from the hospital and inform them
about of their right to have a sexual assault victim advocate
accompany him or her for any services at the hospital and at
subsequent law enforcement interviews. (Pen. Code §§ 264.2 and
679.04.) Before a medical examination begins the survivor must
be notified of the right to have present a certified sexual assault
counselor and one other support person chosen by the survivor.
(Penal Code § 264.2)
As California Certified Rape Crisis Counselors, our Sexual Assault Victim’s Advocates are well versed in both the legal aspect of reporting an assault, as well as the emotional effects making a report can have on a survivor. Advocates are trained to support and empower all clients by informing them of their rights as a victim of sexual violence, talking through various options available to the survivor, keeping the survivor informed of the next steps and the criminal justice process, and providing emotional support and resources to survivors and their loved ones during an extremely difficult time. Verity’s goal is to empower survivors with compassion, education, and emotional support. Whatever you decide, we will support you.
Come listen, learn, and laugh with us at one of our upcoming events. We offer classes, workshops, seminars, and more.
We strongly believe that sexual assault community education is key to eliminating sexual violence from our lives.
Due to Covid-19, we are working remotely and in-office at all locations on a staggered schedule. Please be certain to call in advanced before making plans to visit our physical locations, either at the FJC or on Steele Lane. We are still operating within our normal business hours. Please keep this in mind when contacting us, as we may not be immediately available via our office numbers, but will get your call soon. Our crisis line is fully operational so if you have an emergency, please call our crisis line.
If you have an immediate crisis, please call our rape crisis intervention hotline at (707) 545-7273 or call 911 for emergency services.
For all other inquiries about Verity, including the services we provide, upcoming events, or volunteer opportunities, please call (707) 545-7270 or fill out the contact form on this page. We will reply within two business days.