Spend a little for Child Victims of Crime on Giving Tuesday

Our focus this Giving Tuesday is on children! The Community Foundation of Middlesex County awarded us a start-up grant of $5000 to hire an attorney to focus on sexually abused children under the age of 11 years old! We hired the amazing Stacey Cox back in June, and she has provided legal help to our youngest victims since then. Of course, the grant has long since been spent, and we need your help to support Stacey’s work with children.

As a bonus, Paypal Giving Fund is waiving all fees AND adding 1% to donations all this week, when donations are made here: DONATE

Why Victims Need a Legal Advocate

Victim Rights Center of Connecticut (VRCCT) is dedicated to serving the needs of victims of violent crime. We do this by combining our understanding of the effects of trauma on victims with our knowledge of the many ways the legal system can help to reduce the disruptions that violence can bring to the lives of survivors. VRCCT acts as independent legal counsel sworn to protect the legal rights and best interests of the victim through a broad-based approach grounded in litigation, creative problem-solving, and extensive knowledge of the judicial system.

School Sexual Abuse

If you are a victim of sexual assault on campus, VRCCT will guide and protect you during the college discipline process, which often is demeaning and traumatic for victims. The school may be more interested in avoiding publicity than in really helping you to obtain justice. We will work with you to present your report clearly, and advise you on the obligations the school has to keep you safe, support you academically, and punish the offender.

School Sexual Abuse and Harassment

Victim Advocates, counsellors, and medical professionals are dedicated and essential resources available to victims, but they do not have the legal training to protect your privacy rights in court or to deal with employers, landlords, creditors, and schools. VRCC will aggressively defend your rights in all parts of your life, in court and outside it. We will work with you to help you keep your job, keep safe, and put the details of daily life back together. We understand your special needs and questions.

Serving LGBTO Victims of Violence

As a member of the LGBTQ community, you know that those identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or Queer often face hostility or mis-understanding from those in authority. VRCCT’s attorneys understand the dynamics of gay relationships, and will defend you from discrimination, public disclosure and harassment. We can act as intermediary with police and others to be sure you are treated with the fairness and respect you deserve.

Victims Need an Attorney in Criminal Court

Public legal resources for victims are linked to the Criminal Justice process, and are available only to victims who have reported to police and who have had their cases accepted for prosecution. Prosecutors and court victim advocates care about the victims of crime, but they are unable to personally represent the victim and all the interests at stake in a court case. These government employees cannot address cyber-bullying. They cannot protect your right to keep medical, counselling, and school records out of court. They cannot keep the offender or his attorney from making details of your life public. VRCCT will fight for you to limit invasions of your privacy.

Child Abuse is Real — and Common

Child Abuse is an epidemic in our society, but one that is often discounted by those whose job it is to protect children. Studies suggest that one in five girls and one in twenty boys have been sexually abused. If child abuse affects your family, VRCCT will advise and protect you and your children during investigations by police and DCF (Department of Children and Families), and in criminal court cases. Offenders who are not arrested often seek visitation or custody of children they have abused. We will advocate for the child in family court.