There is an excellent article written by Claire Harwell, JD, the former Division Director of the New Mexico Attorney General’s Violence Against Women Office. Since many survivors have asked about legal remedies, Dr. Harwell provides an excellent overview of some of the remedies that are available. This information gives a sexual assault survivor several options that may not have been considered. Shown below is an excerpt of her article.
“Sexual violence turns the world upside down for survivors and their loved ones. Unfamiliar feelings and re-experiencing the trauma of assault and betrayal are often the new realities in this strange new landscape. The legal system, with its ancient language and formal traditions may seem like an unlikely place to get help, but there are some immediate needs which are most effectively met by using the law as a tool. (Note: Current active and reserve duty service members who would like to explore these options will need to seek legal advice off-base if they are pursuing a restricted reporting option with a sexual assault, or if they do not wish to report the assault.)”
Read the rest of the article at: www.giftfromwithin.org/html/Legal-Tools-for-Survivors-of-Sexual-Assault.html They are worth looking into.