Crime Info & Support

Sexual Violence

An advocate with the USF Center for Victim Advocacy is a professional who is trained to respond with compassion and expertise to the victims of crime, violence and abuse. This includes crisis intervention, advocacy and accompaniment, and nonjudgmental support to victims to help them get through the experience and regain control of their lives.  In addition, an advocate can explore all reporting options, including not reporting, as well as assist the client with any medical, academic, or safety concerns. If a sexual battery has occurred within 120 hours, a victim advocate can assist the client in receiving a forensic medical exam. 

SEXUAL BATTERY

FL Statute 794

Oral, anal or vaginal penetration by, or union with a sexual organ of another or anal/vaginal penetration of another by ant other object

Forensic medical exams ("rape kits"): 

Florida Sexual Battery Laws

CONSENT

FL Statute 794.011:

Means intelligent, knowing, and voluntary consent and does not include coerced submission or submission our of fear. "Consent" shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the alleged victim to offer physical resistance to the offender. 

 Consent, Coercion, and Incapacity under USF Policy

 PRESERVING EVIDENCE

 In situations of Sexual Battery/Rape, preserve evidence as much as possible until it is collected:

Preserving Evidence

 Not sure what to do? Contact the Center for Victim Advocacy 24/7 at (813) 974-5757 to confidentially explore your options.