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Being a victim of crime can feel overwhelming or isolating. UWPD has a full time Victim Advocate available to support victims, their families, and witnesses through the process of physical, emotional and financial recovery. Our Advocate is available to help with a variety of safety concerns, including dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
It is not necessary to make a police report in order to meet with the UWPD Victim Advocate. You can meet to discuss resources, options and to develop with a plan.
This includes assistance in:
- Locating Crisis Clinic resources, both on and off campus, for a variety of needs including counseling and health services, civil legal assistance, and housing.
- Obtaining a King County protection order including transportation to court, help in filing the paperwork and preparation for hearings.
- Learning about reporting options including Title IX, UCIRO, and contact with police.
- Navigating the criminal justice system, including assistance in preparing for court appearances, facilitating contact with the prosecutor and monitoring the case through the final disposition.
- Filing for Crime Victim’s Compensation, Address Confidentiality Program, and other services available to victims in Washington State.
- Planning for your future safety.
It’s not your fault…
Sexual assault and sexual harassment is a serious concern on college campuses. Nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives. (CDC National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010)
Although unwanted sexual contact is against the law, most rapes are not reported to law enforcement. Holding sex offenders accountable for their criminal acts can give victims a sense of justice and helps protect the community by lowering the chances of sex offenders re-offending.
If someone made sexual contact with you without your consent, we want to help. If you have been sexually assaulted and have questions about reporting it to the police, you can contact the UWPD Victim Advocate at 206.543.9337. The advocate can answer questions about what you can expect from the criminal justice system. You can also read the information about sexual assault and the criminal justice system provided by The Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress.
If you are a student, UW Sexual Assault Resources are available online at www.uw.edu/sexualassault, and you can also contact the Health & Wellness Student Advocate (formerly known as SARIS) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UWPD SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE COMMITMENT
Everyone has the right to control their own sexuality. Sexual assault, including date/acquaintance rape, is a very serious concern of this police department. The University of Washington Police Department has adopted the following commitment when responding to sexual assault. If you feel you are a victim of a sexual assault on campus, the police department will guarantee the following:
- We will meet with you privately, at a time and local place of your choice, to take your report.
- We cannot and will not notify your parents without your consent.
- We will treat you and your particular case with courtesy, sensitivity, dignity, understanding and professionalism.
- Our officers will not prejudge you, and you will not be blamed for what occurred.
- We will assist you in arranging for any necessary hospital treatment or other medical needs. We will also assist in emergency housing if needed.
- If you would feel more comfortable talking with a friend or advocate of your choice present, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
- We will fully investigate your case and will help you to achieve the best outcome. This may involve the arrest and prosecution of the suspect responsible. You will be kept up-to-date on the progress of the investigation and/or prosecution.
- We will assist you in privately contacting counseling and other available resources.
- We will continue to be available to answer your questions, to explain the system and process involved (prosecutor, courts, etc.) and to be a listening ear if you wish.
- We will consider your case seriously regardless of your gender or the gender or status of the suspect.
If you or a family member have been a victim or witness to a crime and would information on how UWPD can assist, please call 206.543.9337 or email UWPDAdvocate@uw.edu