Sexual Battery - Florida Council Against Sexual Violence
Victim Compensation:As a victim of a sexual crime, you may beeligible for financial assistance for:• medical care,• lost income,• mental health services, and• other out-of-pocket expenses directlyrelated to the injury.To apply for assistance, check on the statusof your application, or if you are in need ofany other help, contact the Division of VictimServices within the Office of the AttorneyGeneral toll free at 1-800-226-6667.Victims of Sexual Crimes havevarious other rights, many of whichare found in Chapter 960 of theFlorida Statutes, including the right:• To have information about the criminalinvestigation of the crime that mightidentify you kept confidential and exemptfrom public records (Florida Statutes§119.071 and §92.56).• To have an advocate from a certifiedrape crisis center with you during theforensic examination.• To have an advocate with you during adiscovery deposition (a defense attorney’spre-trial questioning of witnesses).• To have the offender, if charged with thecrime, tested for HIV and to receive theresults of that testing.• To attend the sentencing or disposition ofthe offender and request that the offenderbe required to attend a different school ifthe offender goes to your school or yoursibling’s school.Victimshaverights!• To be told of judicial proceedings andscheduling changes.• To have information about release of theoffender from incarceration from a countyor municipal jail, juvenile detention facility,or residential commitment facility.• To tell the prosecutor what you want tohappen in the case.• To request restitution.• To give an oral or written impactstatement.• To not be asked or required to take apolygraph examination as a condition ofgoing ahead with the investigation of theoffense.• To take up to three days of leave, whichcan be paid or unpaid depending on theemployer, to deal with issues that arisefrom the crime if the employer has 50employees or more and you have workedfor the employer for at least three months,you provide some documentation of thecrime, and you have used other availableleave (Florida Statute §741.313).This project was supported by contract LN963 awardedby the Violence Against Women Grants Offi ce, Offi ce ofJustice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Points ofview in this document are those of the author and do notnecessarily represent the offi cial position or policies of theU.S. Department of Justice or the Florida Department ofChildren and Families.Resources:Victim Compensation1-800-226-6667http://myfloridalegal.comFlorida Council Against Sexual ViolenceStatewide information and referral line: 1-888-956-7273www.fcasv.orgFlorida Department of CorrectionsVictim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) &Victim Assistance Office1-877-8-VICTIM (1-877-884-2846)Toll-Free VINE Line: 1-877-VINE-4-FL (1-877-846-3435)www.dc.state.fl.us/oth/victasst/index.htmlFlorida Department of Law EnforcementSexual Offender/Predator Unit1-888-357-7332www.fdle.state.fl.usFlorida Abuse Hotline1-800-962-2873If you need support in the healingprocess from a sexual crime, your localrape crisis center stands ready to helpyou:Sexual BatteryYour Rights and ServicesIf you are the victim of a sexual crime, youhave certain rights. Supportive servicesare also available to you free of chargeregardless of whether or not you continuewith the criminal justice process.Call 1-888-956-7273 to be referredto local services.