In Colorado, survivors of adult sexual assault have three reporting options. Please note that these reporting options do not apply for minors (C.R.S. 19-3-304) and at-risk elders (C.R.S. 18-6.5-108), due to other mandatory reporting obligations. For individuals who do not fall under these two statutes, the three distinct reporting options survivors have at the time of receiving medical care are detailed below:
Law Enforcement Report
When a victim chooses to obtain a medical forensic exam and chooses to participate in the criminal justice system at that time.
A victim chooses to obtain a medical forensic exam but at that time chooses to not participate in the criminal justice system. Evidence and information to law enforcement is released with victim identifying information. A medical reporting victim can choose to have evidence tested.
A victim chooses to obtain a medical forensic exam but at that time chooses to not participate in the criminal justice system. Evidence and information to law enforcement is released without victim identifying information. An anonymous reporting victim is consenting to evidence storage only.
About SB 128
Colorado Reporting Options Brochure
“Your Reporting Options” brochure has been updated to include the new anonymous reporting option, created by Senate Bill 15-128!
Colorado Reporting Options Training
CCASA will host four train-the-trainer webinars for Colorado’s first responders to attend, which will address best practices for response for each of Colorado’s reporting options-law enforcement, medical, and anonymous. Service providers may register to attend one webinar to become a trainer and ambassador in their community on reporting options. Once a service provider completes a webinar training, they will receive the training PowerPoint and supplemental materials. The professionals will be placed on an official trainer list and be asked to provide training and support to their communities and region, as needed.
The first webinar was held in May of 2015 and is available for viewing here!
Tools for Service Providers
The statewide Forensic Compliance Team, a collaboration between Division of Criminal Justice, CCASA and other multidisciplinary stakeholders, is developing tools for service providers that will become available throughout 2015.
Reporting Options: Quick Payment Facts
This brief document outlines the reporting options now available, and details the payment systems for each type of report. Available here.
The Colorado Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Protocol (2015)
This recently updated resource now includes information regarding all reporting options. Available here.
NEW! Sexual Assault Colorado Reporting Options: Guidelines for Response (2017)
This tool is designed for multidisciplinary teams (ie SART, MDT, CCR, etc.) to add to their existing protocols or guidelines for response to sexual assault. Because response to each type of victim is unique, these guidelines provide tools and support for ensuring best practice in the response to each type of report: law enforcement, medical, and anonymous. Available here.
Colorado’s Sexual Assault Consent & Information Form
Colorado’s Sexual Assault Anonymous Consent & Information Form
This form will be placed in sexual assault forensic exam kits throughout the state. Available here.
Sexual Assault Law Enforcement Checklist
This checklist will be designed for law enforcement responding to sexual assault survivors, ensuring a best practice response for each reporting option-law enforcement, medical, and anonymous. Available Summer 2015.