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12 Days of Giving – Day 7: Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy (SAVA)

Rachel’s Story

Rachel called the police to file a report that she had been sexually assaulted.  Extremely frustrated by referrals to different police stations, she finally called CCS’ hotline and was immediately placed with our SAVA (Sexual Assault Victim Advocate) staff. 

Rachel then understood that her full disclosure with her SAVA was protected by confidentiality.  Rachel started to feel assured after her advocate explained the criminal justice process.  Then, CCS legal team worked on getting a restraining order against her perpetrator.  In every step of the court proceedings, Rachel’s SAVA accompanied her to court. The good news is that the judge granted Rachel a 4 year restraining order. 

 Rachel’s criminal case is still pending, but she knows that CCS will be by her side each step of the way to keep her strong and confident.

 Please make a donation today and be our partners in advocating for survivors of sexual assault

Rape and sexual assault are traumatic and may impact many different aspects of a victim’s life. Survivors of sexual assault and rape often find themselves in complicated criminal justice proceedings and social service systems. CCS Sexual Assault Victim Advocates help survivors navigate these complicated systems and make informed decisions. Sexual Assault Victim Advocates provide information, support, and referrals to other resources. All services are free and confidential.

Intervention and Counseling Services

• 24-hour hotline for immediate and confidential phone counseling
• Individual, family, couple, and group counseling for survivors
• Client-centered 

Hospital Accompaniment

Advocates meet the victim at the forensic exam site to provide emotional support and to help the victim make informed decisions

• Trained Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) member
• Supportive non-judgemental presence
• Provides linkage to additional services 

Criminal Justice System Accompaniment

Survivors can choose to have advocates attend the following events with them:

• Law enforcement interviews
• Court dates
• Sentencing 

Information and Referrals

Advocates empower victims by helping them make informed choices

• Guide to the criminal justice system
• Linkages to programs that address essential needs
• Help completing complex paperwork

To request advocacy services or to make a referral:

Please call the Coastal Office at 858-272-5777 and ask to speak to the Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Manager. All services are free and confidential.

CCS is a member of the San Diego County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).