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Legal Advocacy

Navigating the legal system can be lengthy and confusing. The criminal justice system presents many barriers that can discourage victims from coming forward. Our services exist to help survivors navigate and overcome these barriers.

KCSARC's Legal Advocates help victims of sexual assault and their family members by providing information and support, as well as accompanying survivors to interviews and court hearings. 

KCSARC's Legal Advocacy program is the largest, most comprehensive in the country, with services in both English and Spanish.These services are provided free of charge.

Because KCSARC is an independent, community-based nonprofit, Legal Advocates solely focus on the needs of the victim, and all services are confidential. 

  • KCSARC has provided Legal Advocacy for victims since its inception in 1976:

  • In 2018, the program served 2,287 victims and their family members.

  • KCSARC provides 90% of the sexual assault legal advocacy in King County.

Legal Advocates can:

  • Provide victims with information about the criminal justice process.

  • Accompany victims to all interviews.

  • Secure protective orders.

  • Assist in trial preparation, court accompaniment, and sentencing accompaniment, including assistance with victim impact statements.

  • Connect victims to other needed services, such as emergency housing, counseling, parent education (when victims are children), and more.

  • Legal Advocates support victims as they go through the criminal justice system:

  • Legal advocacy allows detectives and prosecutors to focus on their areas of specialty rather than on victim support. Without the support of legal advocates, many victims would drop out of the legal process.

KCSARC Legal Advocates specialize in serving specific populations, such as:

  • Children and youth.

  • Victims of cyber crimes.

  • Adult rape victims.

  • Vulnerable adults.

  • Commercially sexually exploited children and youth.

  • Individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ).

  • Spanish-speaking population providing linguistically and culturally appropriate services.