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Legal Advocacy: Understand Your Options

A BARCC legal advocate helped me talk to my boss and find out what the policies are at my work.

Our legal team helps survivors understand their legal rights and options in the aftermath of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual violence. We assist survivors as they navigate the civil and criminal justice systems, including campus processes. Our lawyers and advocates also assist with ongoing harassment or stalking. They advocate for survivors’ privacy and safety in every aspect of their life. If survivors need legal representation, we connect them with an appropriate legal resource.

BARCC services are free and confidential to people ages 12 and older. BARCC Legal Advocacy services are available in Spanish and English, with other languages available upon request. Reasonable accommodations will be provided. 

What a legal advocate can do for you

Many survivors feel like they have no options, rights, or choices after an assault. Legal advocates can help you understand your options. Our advocates can offer information, support, and advocacy related the following:

  • Protecting your privacy
  • Options for safety
  • Reporting to the police
  • The criminal justice system
  • Pursuing a case in civil court
  • Your school’s policies
  • Your employer’s policies
  • Your rights as an immigrant

What services do legal advocates provide?

Legal advocates can do the following:

  • Talk to you on the phone or meet with you in person, once or many times
  • Go with you to the police station
  • Go with you to court
  • Refer you to a lawyer

Who are BARCC legal advocates?

Legal advocates are lawyers and rape crisis counselors with specialized legal training.  They work with hundreds of clients each year in more than 1,100 sessions. They work with the police, district attorneys, courts, schools, and other providers to ensure that survivors get the best possible response.

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