What are MY rights?

A victim of sexual assault is guaranteed certain rights under the Illinois constitution and the Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act.  Among other things, you have the right to be notified about the status of your case and to be involved in decisions about the progress and outcome of your case.  An advocate can get a copy of this for you or you can see it on the link above.  The advocate in the office will be able to fully explain this to you.

The following is a list of thing the law requires for any victim of sexual assault

  • The right to be treated with fairness and respect for the dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process
  • The right to notification of court proceedings.
  • The right to communication with the prosecution.
  • The right to make a statement to the court at sentencing.
  • The right to information about the conviction, sentence, imprisonment and release of the accused.
  • The right to the timely disposition of the case following the arrest of the accused.
  • The right to be reasonably protected from the accused through the criminal justice process.
  • The right to be present at the trial and all other court proceedings on the same basis as the accused, unless the victim is to testify and the court determines that the testimony would be materially affected if the victim hears other testimony at the trial.
  • The right to have present at all court proceedings, subject to the rules of evidence, an advocate or other support person of the victim’s choice.
  • The right to restitution
  • The right to CONFIDENTIALITY!

THE RIGHT TO CONFIDENTIALITY

Under Illinois law, the victim has the right to confidentiality at the rape crisis center.  Anything that you tell the advocate or counselor is confidential.  Only you decide if information can or should be told to anyone else.