Sexual Assault - Survivor's Rights
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is specifically trained to preserve the dignity of the survivor, preform the rape exam and collect evidence that links the victim to the suspect. To take advantage of this service, call McLaren Central Michigan, Mount Pleasant at: 989-772-6700
- You can have a sexual assault medical forensic examination and have evidence collected using a sexual assault evidence kit even if you do not want to participate in the criminal justice system or cooperate with law enforcement.
- You cannot be billed for the cost of administrating the sexual assault evidence kit. If you receive a bill for these services, contact the Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission at (517) 373-7373.
- You have the right to ask the investigating law enforcement agency for the contact information for the detective or investigating officer assigned to the case, the current status of the case, whether the case has been submitted to the prosecuting attorney for review and whether the case has been closed and the documented reason for closure.
- If you had a sexual assault evidence kit collected and released to law enforcement, you have a right to ask the investigating law enforcement agency for the following information: when the sexual assault evidence kit was sent to a forensic laboratory for testing; whether a DNA profile was obtained from the sexual assault evidence kit; whether a DNA profile was entered into CODIS; and whether a DNA profile resulted in a CODIS hit.
- Your legal rights include the right to go to court and file a petition requesting a personal protection order (PPO)/restraining order to protect you from the perpetrator. The PPO could order the perpetrator not to have contact with you and include other specific conditions.