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Sexual Violence Legal Assistance Project


    
 

PCAR’s Sexual Violence Legal Assistance Project provides free and confidential trauma informed legal advice and short-term legal representation to victims of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment. The project is designed to fill existing gaps where local community legal services are unavailable.

Priority is given to victims of non-intimate partner sexual assault.

Our team of attorneys represent victims throughout Pennsylvania, in-person and remotely.

Statewide legal services include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexual violence protection orders 
  • Campus sexual assault issues
  • Title IX in K-12 schools, colleges, and universities
  • Employment matters, including FMLA and unemployment
  • Criminal justice advocacy
  • Disability Rights
  • Privacy issues
  • Housing issues, including discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • General legal advocacy
  • Prison Rape Elimination Act advocacy.
     

If you need legal assistance, call 717-901-6784 or 1-800-692-7445 ext. 190, Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to speak with a legal provider or submit an online request in the form at the bottom of this page.

If you are in danger, considering suicide, or need emergency help, CALL 911 (in the U.S.), or your local authorities now.
 

Resources:

About the Sexual Violence Legal Assistance Project (brochure): English | Spanish

Help for people with disabilities

Help for black, indigenous and people of color

Options for Civil Protection Orders in Pennsylvania (brochure): English | Spanish

Sexual Violence Protection Orders

2016 Amendments to the Child Protective Services Law

Statute of Limitations

If you decide to file a police report

Sexual Assault Laws in PA
 

Listen Now:

PA Centered is a podcast designed to help listeners be a part of the solution to end sexual harassment, abuse, and assault. Below are episodes related to legal cases. Click here to listen to more episodes of PA Centered.

 

Find Us:

If you have concerns that your phone calls or online request form submission may be monitored and you do not want others to know that you have contacted the Sexual Violence Legal Assistance Project, we recommend you locate a safe computer, tablet or other device with internet access and visit www.rainn.org or www.nsvrc.org to find resources near you. If you have concerns that your calls or internet use may be monitored and you have already called the Sexual Violence Legal Assistance Project or submitted an online request form, we recommend you clear your call and internet history from your device.

Please be aware that even if you delete your call or web history from your device, your service provider may keep or store your logs for an indefinite period of time, and your service provider might provide it to anyone who has access to your account.
 

Contact us:

If you need legal assistance, call 717-901-6784 or 1-800-692-7445 ext. 190, Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to speak with a legal provider or submit an online request:

I acknowledge that emailing information to the Sexual Violence Legal Assistance Project unilaterally does not establish an attorney-client relationship or impose an obligation on the Sexual Violence Legal Assistance Project to keep the transmitted information confidential. You acknowledge that we have no obligation to maintain the confidentiality of any information you submit to us via email unless we already represent you or unless we have agreed to receive limited confidential material/information from you as a prospective client. Acepto que el envío de información por correo electrónico al Proyecto de Asistencia Legal Relativa a la Violencia Sexual de manera unilateral no establece una relación abogado-cliente ni impone una obligación al Proyecto de Asistencia Legal Relativa a la Violencia Sexual de mantener la confidencialidad de la información transmitida. Usted reconoce que no tenemos la obligación de mantener la confidencialidad de la información que nos envíe por correo electrónico a menos que ya lo representemos o que hayamos aceptado recibir el material o la información confidencial limitada de su parte como posible cliente.