This type of advocate holds privilege which means by law, they cannot share your information with anyone without your consent or the judge’s order. They provide FREE services to victim-survivors and secondary victims (e.g. children, partners, parent-guardians, etc.) whether you report the assault or not. Community advocates offer twenty-four-hour access through a crisis line. There are no limitations on services, and you decide when the services end.
System-based advocates DO NOT hold privilege. This means that any information shared with the system-based advocates regarding the assault will be shared with the investigators. They provide services for cases that are processed through the criminal justice system. Advocacy is specific to moving you through the legal system. Services are specific to you, and they are limited to the length of the criminal justice process.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911. Help will come to you no matter where you are.
Contact the Local Police Department:
Call the local police station directly or go to the station in person. If you are on a college campus, you may be able to contact the campus police. If the crime happens in an Indigenous Nation, call Tribal police to report it. It can take longer for Tribal and rural police to arrive due to staffing and distance restrictions.
Visit a Medical Facility:
If you have injuries from the assault, you can tell the medical personnel treating you that you wish to report the assault. To find a local facility that is prepared to work with survivors, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673).
If you consent to reporting the assault:
If you DO NOT consent to reporting the assault:
A sexual assault forensic exam (SAFE) is a physical examination to collect evidence from your body and clothes after a sexual assault. SAFEs are conducted by trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE).
If you consent to the sexual assault forensic exam, law enforcement or a person of your choice will bring you to the exam. You can also drive yourself. You MUST be able to consent to an exam. Under NO circumstances will we move forward with the exam if we do not have your consent.
In some rural and Indigenous Nations, a mobile SANE is available for SAFE. In rural and Indigenous Nations without a mobile SANE, we will do our best to schedule your exam at the closest location.
During the exam, you may choose to have a support person in the room with you during your forensic exam as it may take several hours. If you choose not to have anyone in the room, it will just be you and the medical provider. You also have the right to stop the exam at any point during the process.
During a SAFE:
After the exam:
You will not be charged for the SAFE exam. If, for some reason, you are transported from a hospital or other medical facility, please work with your advocate to report those costs to Victims of Crimes (VOC).
Once the exam is completed, the advocate will assist you in completing the Victims of Crime application. The VOC Program provides assistance to qualified victim-survivors of violent crime in Nevada.
Victims of Crime Compensation may also be available to help pay for any follow-up medical care, counseling, or other services related to the sexual assault. It will also assist with the costs of therapy for secondary victims.
If a sexual assault happens in an Indigenous Nation, the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada provides Victims of Crime resources, services, and benefits to Native American families in need. The Victims of Crime intake must take place within six months of the crime.