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Title XLVI
CRIMES
Chapter 794
SEXUAL BATTERY
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F.S. 794.055
794.055 Access to services for victims of sexual battery.
(1) This section may be cited by the popular name, the “Sexual Battery Victims’ Access to Services Act.”
(2) As used in this section, the term:
(a) “Crisis-intervention services” means advice, counseling, or consultation provided by a sexual battery counselor or trained volunteer to a victim aimed at reducing the level of emotional trauma experienced by the victim.
(b) “Department” means the Department of Health.
(c) “Medical intervention” means services necessary for the forensic examination of a victim or medical treatment for injuries of a victim of sexual battery.
(d) “Rape crisis center” means any public or private agency that provides sexual battery recovery services to victims of sexual battery and their families and is certified by the statewide nonprofit association.
(e) “Sexual battery” has the same meaning as that term has in the offenses provided in s. 794.011.
(f) “Sexual battery counselor” means any employee of a rape crisis center whose primary purpose is the rendering of advice, counseling, or assistance to victims of sexual battery.
(g) “Sexual battery recovery services” include the following services:
1. For victims who have reported the offense to law enforcement:
a. A telephone hotline that is operated 24 hours a day and answered by a sexual battery counselor or trained volunteer, as defined in s. 90.5035.
b. Information and referral services.
c. Crisis-intervention services.
d. Advocacy and support services.
e. Therapy services.
f. Service coordination.
g. Programs to promote community awareness of available services.
h. Medical intervention.
2. For victims who have not reported the offense to law enforcement:
a. A telephone hotline that is operated 24 hours a day and answered by a sexual battery counselor or trained volunteer, as defined in s. 90.5035.
b. Information and referral services.
c. Crisis-intervention services.
d. Advocacy and support services.
e. Therapy services.
f. Service coordination.
g. Programs to promote community awareness of available services.
(h) “Statewide nonprofit association” means the federally recognized sexual assault coalition whose primary purpose is to represent and provide technical assistance to rape crisis centers.
(i) “Trained volunteer” means a person who volunteers at a rape crisis center, has completed 30 hours of training in assisting victims of sexual violence and related topics provided by the rape crisis center, is supervised by members of the staff of the rape crisis center, and is included on a list of volunteers which is maintained by the rape crisis center.
(j) “Victim” means a person who consults a sexual battery counselor or a trained volunteer for the purpose of securing advice, counseling, or assistance concerning a mental, physical, or emotional condition caused by a sexual battery.
(3)(a) The department shall contract with the statewide nonprofit association. The statewide nonprofit association shall receive 95 percent of the moneys appropriated from the Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund.
(b) Funds received under s. 938.085 shall be used to provide sexual battery recovery services to victims and their families. Funds shall be distributed to rape crisis centers based on an allocation formula that takes into account the population and rural characteristics of each county. No more than 15 percent of the funds shall be used by the statewide nonprofit association for statewide initiatives. No more than 5 percent of the funds may be used by the department for administrative costs.
(c) The department shall ensure that funds allocated under this section are expended in a manner that is consistent with the requirements of this section. The department may require an annual audit of the expenditures and shall provide a report to the Legislature by February 1 of each year.
History.s. 2, ch. 2003-114; s. 24, ch. 2006-79; s. 7, ch. 2008-19; s. 11, ch. 2011-220.