The Miami-Dade Police Department's Special Victim's Bureau (SVB) is committed to assisting victims of sexual and domestic crimes by facilitating services and serving as a liaison to community agencies and the criminal justice system. The State of Florida's Attorney General's Office provides guidelines for the fair treatment of victims. The SVB investigates allegations of sexual and domestic crimes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, while also offering assistance and guidance to victims.
What To Do After a Sexual Assault
Remember that you have just experienced a trauma; you need to be with others. Reach out to those whom you trust and care for you. Do not blame yourself. The assault is not your fault and you are in no way responsible. Give yourself permission to feel sad or angry and share your feelings with others. You're normal and are having normal reactions-don't label yourself crazy. Do not resort to drugs or alcohol to numb or relieve the pain. Help is out there. Just ask for it.
We realize that for many persons, being a victim or witness to a crime is their first experience with the criminal and juvenile justice systems. As a victim or witness, you have certain rights within the system. The following information is being provided to you to assist you with questions you may have regarding those rights. For further information regarding these rights, please contact the State Attorney's Office (SAO) and/or the appropriate law enforcement agency (LEA) handling your case.
Talking About Sexual Assault
No one should touch your body or do anything to it unless you understand what they are going to do and you say "yes." These are serious crimes. We have laws to protect people from abuse. Your body belongs only to you. Bad touch can make you feel scared or very hurt. Sexual assault can hurt your body and your feelings. They did something wrong, but you didn't do anything wrong.
Child Sexual Abuse
It is more common than many people think, and its effects can be devastating. Victims of sexual abuse can be girls or boys of any age. The abuse can cause serious and long-lasting psychological harm and many times leads to shattered families.
We want to trust the people in our lives: our friends, family members and community acquaintances. Unfortunately, the truth is that we are more likely to be sexually assaulted by someone we know: a friend, a relative, an employer, a date or someone we have recently met than by a stranger.
Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
The sexual abuse of children spans all races, ages, ethnic groups and economic backgrounds. Sexual abuse means any kind of unwanted or inappropriate sexual behavior with a child, whether or not there is actual physical contact. Tragically, this kind of abuse is not rare; studies estimate that one in four girls and one in seven boys are sexually abused as children.
Elderly Victims of Rape
It is never the victim's fault. Sexual violence has nothing to do with what the victim should or should not have done to prevent the assault — it is entirely the fault of the attacker. If you have been a victim of sexual violence, it is important to remember that it was not your fault and you are not alone.
When Men Are Victims
Men and boys can be victims of sexual violence as children, teens or as adults. Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual contact. Perpetrators of sexual violence against men act out of power and control. Sexual violence includes such crimes as rape, incest, statutory sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation of children or any sexual contact without consent.
Myths About Sexual Assault
When most people think about how rapes occur, they imagine desolate dark alleyways late at night and the attacker being a stranger. The truth is the majority of people who commit rape know their victims. They may be relatives, friends or work colleagues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Clicking on the above link will give you answers to some frequently asked questions. If you you you're a victim, and you don't find answers on that page, call the Rape Hotline at If the link 305-585-RAPE (7273).Back to Top Page Last Edited: Mon Apr 8, 2013 8:14:05 AM
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