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Victim/Survivor Rights

Victim/Survivor Rights

In 1983 the Minnesota Legislature passed the Minnesota Crime Victim Bill of Rights. An advocate from a rape crisis center, helpline or advocacy program in your community can assist you in exercising these rights.

You have the RIGHT to be notified of:


  • Plea agreements
  • Changes in court schedules, date, time and place of plea hearings and sentencing
  • Release of offender from prison/institution
  • Victim rights


You have the RIGHT to participate in prosecution:


  • Right to inform court of impact of crime at the time of sentencing
  • Right to have input in pre-trial diversion program
  • Right to object to plea bargain
  • Right to request a speedy trial
  • Right to bring a supportive person to all hearings
  • Right to attend plea hearing
  • Right to attend sentencing
  • Right to give written objections to sentence


You have the RIGHT to protection from harm:


  • Threatening or tampering with a witness is against Minnesota law
  • Witnesses do not have to give their addresses in court
  • Victims have the right to a secure waiting room during court
  • Employers may not discipline or dismiss victims or witnesses who are called to testify in court


You have the RIGHT to apply for financial assistance:


  • Victims may be eligible for financial assistance from the state or from the offender, if they have suffered economic loss.