Counseling Services reinforces commitment, promotes sensitive care and confidential reporting for victims and survivors of sexual assault through a comprehensive program that centers on the following.

  • Awareness
  • Prevention
  • Training
  • Education
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Response

The effects of sexual victimization can be severely traumatic and survivors generally find that time-limited or even long-term counseling is extremely important to their recovery. Even after initial crisis counseling, victims may find it helpful to return to counseling periodically when it becomes difficult to manage the after effects of sexual assault without further support.

Sexual assault is a crime defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threat, intimidation, abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, nonconsensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling), or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender, spousal relationship, or age of victim.

Victim Advocacy

Victim advocates are available to offer support services to victims of sexual assault. They advocate for victim’s rights and needs, while informing them of reporting options, assisting them with staying safe, serving as a liaison between the victim and Command, and offering continued support. Victim assistance is also available through the law enforcement, medical and legal process.

Victim Advocates: (760) 725-9051
Mon-Thu: 7:30am-5pm and Fri: 7:30am-4pm
After hours contact Victim Advocates’ at: (760) 500-1707

Consent

Consent shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the victim to offer physical resistance. Consent is not given when a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, or unconscious.

Crime Victim Rights

  • Right to be treated with fairness and respect for dignity and privacy
  • Right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender
  • Right to be notified of court proceedings
  • Right to be present at all court proceedings related to the offense
  • Right to confer with an attorney for government for the case
  • Right to be informed about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment and release of the offender

Service members please refer to the Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Brochure – Military for reporting options and additional information.

Civilians please refer to the Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Brochure – Civilian for reporting options and additional information.

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