Older woman using tabletFact Sheets, Step by Step

Many people have questions about issues of sexual violence and the criminal justice process. SVJI at MNCASA has responded by creating a series of fact sheets with need-to-know information. The fact sheets are used by victims, families, prosecutors, expert witnesses, advocates and others to navigate the system, understand the issues, and be more successful in securing justice in the courtroom.

The SVJI fact sheets provided here are organized by the steps in the criminal justice process. You may also use the search box to locate a specific fact sheet.

MN Statutes and Legal Process Overview (PDF files)

Consent in criminal sexual assault cases

Criminal sexual conduct statutes in Minnesota

Civil damages for sexual violence

Sexual Assault Exam and Survivor Healthcare (PDF files)

Emergency contraception 

Evidentiary exam 

Evidentiary exam payment differs across states 

Minor consent for services

Investigating and Reporting (PDF files)

Mandated reporting – children

Mandated reporting - vulnerable adults 

Polygraph restrictions 

How do I get a copy of my police report?



Expert testimony resources

Access to these resources is restricted. Please contact Caroline Palmer, Law and Policy Manager, to obtain access.

Case Commentary: Expert Testimony: Explaining the Minnesota Supreme Court's Decision in State v. Obeta


Statute of limitations

Statute of limitations-MN Child Victim Act

Tips for testifying

Corrections and Monitoring

Community notification

Predatory offender registration

Sex offender civil commitment 

Victim notification

Court Process, Criminal and Civil

Criminal court process (text page)

Court process flow chart, adults

Court process flow chart, juveniles

Civil court option (text page)

Full faith and credit for protection orders across states

Advocacy (PDF files)

Legal Advocacy Manual

The complete updated Legal Advocacy Manual from SVJI at MNCASA will be available in August, 2014. Check back or contact Caroline Palmer, Law and Policy Manager for a copy of the Table of Contents.

Advocate communication is not always confidential

Advocate duty of confidentiality

Guidelines for advocate record keeping

Special Topics: Fact Sheets

Americans with Disabilities Act overview 

Campus SaVE Act 

Civil damages for sexual violence 

Alcohol and drug facilitated sexual assault 

Civil protective orders 

New Gun Laws (courtesy of MCBW)

School sexual violence and sexual harassment

Sex trafficking

Sexual harassment

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