If you or someone you know has experienced the trauma of sexual assault, the steps that follow — exams, kits, police, prosecutors — can be confusing and difficult. Whether the assault was in the last 48 hours or many years ago, this guide will help you or a loved one understand and navigate the process.
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- Antelope Valley Hospital Forensic Services Unit, (661) 723-7273
- East Los Angeles Women's Center bilingual 24-hour crisis hotline, (800) 585-6231
- Forensic Nurse Specialists (562) 430-6220
- Peace Over Violence, (310) 392-8381
- San Gabriel Valley Medical Center Sexual Assault Response Team, (877) 209-3049
- UCLA Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica, (424) 259-7208
- Sexual assault: An umbrella term defined by the California Penal Code as the touching of another person’s intimate parts against their will. It encompasses sexual violence, rape and harassment.
- Rape: The act of nonconsensual intercourse. According to the California Penal Code, it can take place if a person is drugged or asleep, or if a person changes their mind and withdraws consent.
- Sexual abuse: This term is often used when the abuser is in a position of power and the victim doesn’t have the capacity to give consent.
- Sexual harassment: An umbrella term for unwelcome sexual advances or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile or offensive environment.
- SART: Sexual Assault Response Team. In California, these are specialized teams that include a trained nurse who collects evidence from victims in a way that complies with rules about criminal evidence.
- SAK: sexual assault kit
- SAFE: Sexual assault forensic exam/examiner
- SANE: Sexual assault nurse examiner