"Sexual Assault Reporting Options: Guidelines for Response" was compiled by the statewide Forensic Compliance Team (FCT), a group of multidisciplinary stakeholders from across the criminal justice system, medical, and advocacy sectors. The document contains step-by-step information on Colorado’s three reporting options for sexual assault survivors, payment options, advocacy recommendations, evidence testing, and other useful information related to the support of sexual assault survivors in Colorado.
It was created in response to a needs assessment the Forensic Compliance Team conducted in 2013 in an effort to provide community stakeholders specific support and information on implementing Colorado’s Violence against Women Act forensic compliance laws.
Its creators hope the document will help local law enforcement, victim advocates and others understand Colorado sexual assault reporting laws as well as the roles and responsibilities of partners in the criminal justice system, medical, and victim advocacy sectors.
"Each of us are committed to the same goal: supporting survivors and holding sex offenders accountable," wrote Lisa Ingarfield, Director of the Sexual Assault Response Program within DCJ's Office for Victims Programs, in a letter announcing the publication.
Under current law, specified medical licensees and nurses are required to report a sexual assault to law enforcement only if evidence is collected; if a report is required, the victim can choose which type of report is made:
1. Law enforcement report,
2. Medical report, or
3. Anonymous report.
The Guidelines define what each of these reporting options is and provides suggested best practices for how to handle each type of report.
Access the full Guidelines document on the CCASA web site.