Sexual Assault Programs
The Office for Victims Programs (OVP) provides resources to assist hospitals, communities, and sexual assault victims respond to the crime.
Victims of sexual assault have three reporting options available to them. Visit the Reporting Options page to learn more about reporting options available, as well as information on which hospitals have trained staff to provide sexual assault medical care.
The Sexual Assault Victim Emergency Payment Program (SAVE) ensures that medical and anonymous reporting victims of sexual assault are provided payment assistance for medical costs associated with obtaining a medical forensic exam (MFE).
What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is a crime that encompasses a wide range of sexual acts perpetrated against an individual without their consent. Two primary categories of sexual assault laws exist in Colorado: Unlawful Sexual Contact outlined in C.R.S. 18-3-404 and Sexual Assault outlined in C.R.S. § 18-3-402.
The survivor of a sexual assault is never to blame. The only person responsible for sexual assault is the perpetrator of the crime.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), nearly 1 in 5 women (18.3 percent) and 1 in 71 men (1.4 percent) in the United States have been raped at some time in their lives, including completed, attempted or alcohol/drug-facilitated rape.
Division of Criminal Justice staff and agency partners coordinate two projects to improve outcomes for sexual assault victims. The Sexual Assault Response Project was developed to enhance local communities’ response to the crime and to survivors. The Forensic Compliance Team (FCT) meets to address ongoing forensic compliance and policy concerns related to sexual assault in Colorado.