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National Sexual Assault Hotline
Reporting Sexual Violence
Crime victims have a constitutional right to seek redress of their harms. Victims of sexual crimes may be reluctant to tell any one because of the very personal nature of the offense and because of the stereotypes they may face when reporting. The purpose of this Decision to Report document is to provide suggestions for how to approach reporting while mitigating re-victimization so that it may be an empowering experience for victims. The courage of victims to report the crime can be beneficial to the individual while also helping to protect future victims and our communities from similar harm.