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An act of sexual violence can devastate and derail an individual's life. The impact is long-lasting—months, years, even a lifetime. The Victim Rights Law Center provides free, comprehensive legal services for sexual assault victims with legal issues in Massachusetts and Oregon in the areas of privacy, safety, housing, education, employment, immigration, LGBTQ-specific issues, criminal justice advocacy, and financial stability. What we learn from representing individual survivors is harnessed to train thousands of advocates, attorneys, campus administrators, medical professionals, law enforcement, military personnel, and other professionals throughout the United States and U.S. Territories annually to improve the response to sexual violence. Anyone can be a victim of sexual violence, and we are proud to serve survivors of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races, and religions in Massachusetts and Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties, Oregon.
Resources for Survivors
If you’ve been raped or sexually assaulted, you have the right to make your own choices about how to respond to what happened to you. Our goal is to give sexual assault victims information regarding their civil legal needs and rights to help them reclaim their lives.
Resources for Professionals
As the first law center in the nation dedicated solely to providing comprehensive legal representation for sexual assault victims, the Victim Rights Law Center is dedicated to producing practical products that advocates nationwide can use to help survivors.
The VRLC offers trainings for attorneys, advocates, and educators nationwide on how to improve the response to sexual violence. Our attorneys use what they learn from representing survivors to provide webinars, conferences, and trainings to thousands every year.
There is no flattening of the curve when it comes to sexual violence, even during the pandemic. Victims are trapped with their abusers and in need of emergency legal services. The VRLC has continued to support survivors throughout the pandemic. Learn more about our Be The Light Campaign.