At HCWC, we want victims to know that they can have a support system with them throughout this process if they choose to report. We have legal advocates that can explain the expectations and counselors that can provide the emotional support they may need.
Hays County District Attorney, Wes Mau, wants victims to know that “Prosecutors and investigators who work on sexual assault cases understand very well the courage it takes for a victim to report these kinds of crimes, and why victims hesitate or fear the consequences of coming forward. While the criminal justice system can be a difficult and frustrating exercise, we do all we can to ease the burden on the crime victim, protect them from re-traumatization, and empower them to seek justice for themselves.”
Victims of sexual assault should know that even if their assault occurred some time ago, they may still have some legal options. If they choose not to report, services such as counseling, are available to help them through their trauma.
With all the awareness and discussion involving sexual assault, many have asked themselves how they can get involved in the movement to end sexual violence. Here at HCWC, we have the HEARTeam program, where sexual assault certified advocates go to the hospital and are present with a victim after their assault.
Also, just getting connected with our agency and helping us spread awareness can make such a huge difference. HCWC provides the training and support needed to help advocates provide support services for victims of sexual assault in our community.
To learn more ways to get involved with HCWC visit our website, www.hcwc.org for opportunities to volunteer, donate or get information on services.