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What is the Sexual Assault Justice Act?

Sexual Assault Victims’ Access to Justice Act MCL 752.953 

  • You can have a sexual assault medical forensic examination and have evidence collected using a sexual assault evidence kit even if you do not want to participate in the criminal justice system or cooperate with law enforcement. 
  • You cannot be billed for the cost of administering the sexual assault evidence kit. If you receive a bill for these services, contact the Michigan Crime Victim Commission at 517-373-7373. 
  • You have the right to ask the investigating law enforcement agency for the contact information for the detective or investigating officer assigned to the case, the current status of the case, whether the case has been submitted to the prosecuting attorney for review, and whether the case has been closed and the documented reason for closure.
  • If you have had a sexual assault evidence kit collected and released to law enforcement, you have a right to ask the investigating agency for the following information when the sexual assault evidence kit was sent to a forensic laboratory for testing; whether a DNA profile was obtained from the sexual assault evidence kit,; whether a DNA profile was entered into CODIS; and whether a DNA profile resulted in a CODIS hit. 
  • Your legal rights include the right to go to court and file a petition requesting a personal protection order (PPO) to protect you from the perpetrator. The PPO could order the perpetrator not to have contact with you and include other specific conditions.