FAQ

Survivor FAQ

Do I have to give you my name?

For the initial phone call or meeting, you do not have to give us your name. Eventually, as we move
forward in the process, we will need to know who you are. We will make sure to keep your name and information
confidential.

What if I am not sure if I’ve been assaulted?

If you think you have been assaulted and you are not sure, that is okay. We can discuss what happened
and work it through together.

Can I have a support person with me when we talk?

Yes

Do you have lawyers who speak Spanish?

Yes

What if I can not pay for your services?

Our services are free.

What is the time commitment?

We will do our best to accommodate your work and family schedule throughout the process. If your case
goes to trial, there may be a more strict time commitment.

If I win my civil case, will it go on the assaulter’s criminal record?

If you win your civil case, it will go on the court’s civil records. It will not go on the perpetrator’s
criminal record. Only criminal convictions go on a criminal record.

Can a civil case put the assaulter in jail?

No, a civil case cannot put the assaulter in jail. What we win is a court ruling of accountability
and compensation.

What do I lose by going to civil court?

Nothing. Every survivor has the right to sue in civil court, whether or not there was a criminal trial.
Sexual assault civil suits can help survivors transfer misplaced blame and hold their perpetrators accountable.